Ethics

A Fair Fight?

 

Fair Fight

What is the value in fighting fair? Paul and Matthew explore the trope of the Fair Fight, looking at its value and its problems. What does a hero do, when the opponent refuses to follow the rules? If one side follows rules that the other ignores, is that a virtue that will inspire others, or a weakness for an opponent to exploit? We explore these questions in regard to Iron Fist, Firefly, superhero movies in general, and our current political situation?

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Should our heroes fight fair? Should we? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

 

 

Do we need SHIELD?

Luthor_Was_RightIf aliens and superpowers were real, would we need SHIELD? Are Lex Luthor and Amanda Waller right to be scared of Superman? Why do government agencies dealing with powered people have to be secret? Paul & Matthew cover these questions and more!

Special thanks to our listeners who sent in questions for us to discuss on the podcast.

 

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Time to Stop Being Gordon and start being Batman

gordon-and-batmanI have a long history of mixed feelings about vigilante superheroes. I cheer for Batman, and I loved watching Dexter, but for a long time i was troubled by the idea of someone, anyone, deciding that they knew better than everyone else what was right and true and good, and could therefore break the law in order to serve their idea of justice. It wasn’t the breaking the law part that bothered me- I think civil disobedience is one of the most important parts of democracy. My concern was with the idea that one person could decide that they knew best, and therefore had the moral right to go above and beyond the system. I believed that, flawed as it might be, a functioning democratic system of justice was always better than one individual.

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Rogue Ethics

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Did Galen Erso make the right choice by helping to build the Death Star, but adding a fatal flaw? What lessons can Rogue One teach us about rebellion, and what it means to find your own way to combat tyranny? Paul and Matthew discuss these issues and more on this week’s episode.

 

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What would you have done? What are the ethical questions from Rogue One you are still thinking about?  Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Why So Serious? Paul & Matthew talk The Joker

 

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Are we all just one bad day from where the Joker is? What makes the Clown Prince of Crime such a great villain, and who played him best? Paul and Matthew dive into these questions on this week’s podcast.

 

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The Chosen Podcast! With Rebecca Rose Vassey

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This week, Rebecca Rose Vassey is our guest for a discussion of the Chosen One trope in superhero media. Does a hero need to be chosen? Who gets to choose and who gets to accept or reject being chosen? What are other ways of identifying a hero?  Rebecca, aka Diva Darling, is a burlesque performer, writer, shenanigator, and pop culture geek, who joins Matthew for a discussion that dives into Buffy, Dr. Strange, Hunger Games and the Lego Movie.

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As Diva Darling, Rebecca Rose Vassy is a variety performer with an emphasis on nerdlesque. As a writer and blogger, she’s best known for pottymouth rants and absurdist humor. As a lifelong nerd and geek, she loves subverting tropes and overthinking pop culture. Join her shenanigans at divamojo.com, on Facebook as Diva Darling, or on Twitter at Diva_Mojo.

What do you think of the Chosen One idea? Is it a trope you love or hate? Do you have favorite or least favorite examples to talk about? Agree or disagree with something we said? Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

 

 

Writing Heroes

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This week, special guest Robin Gee joins Matthew to discuss balancing ethics with story as a writer. They talk about Robin’s webcomic, Pin Porter, as well as Supergirl, Calvin & Hobbes, and Lord of the Rings.

 

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Robin is a maker of comics, designer, illustrator, and sometimes writer with a strong interest in social and environmental justice. She co-creates the webcomic Pin Porter: Girl Detective, makes short comics to put on the internet, and occasionally writes about comics for Panel & Frame. She lives in Madison Wisconsin with too many books and not enough cats.
You can find her on twitter, read her webcomic Pin Porter, or read her comic shorts.

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What else could they do?

superman-trainThis week, Paul and I go deep on a listener question and ask if there are other, or even better, ways that superheroes could use their powers besides fighting crime. Could Superman solve the energy crisis or climate change?  Is stocking the Bat Cave the best way for Wayne to use his fortune to improve Gotham? And with so many superheroes so dedicate to fighting crime in each of their own particular cities– who is looking out for the suburbs?  Tune in for these issues, and more!

 

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Podcast: Killing President Luthor

super-vs-lexShould Superman kill President Lex Luthor? What should superheroes do when supervillains are elected by the people? Tune in as Paul and Matthew do their best to get themselves on an FBI watchlist by exploring these questions and more- along with a surprise guest appearance half way through!

Contains spoilers for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and episodes of The Justice League.

 

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