Ethics

The Problems with Telepathy: Babylon 5 & the Psi Corps

Psi CorpsBabylon 5 is more than 20 years old, but it still raises great questions about telepathy, fear, and the ways we treat the “other.” In this episode, guest Jacob Milicic joins the cast for a discussion of Babylon 5 and the Psi Corp – an organization of telepaths that started as an attempt to limit and control telepaths, and instead becomes one of the most powerful groups in the B5 universe.

 

 

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Jacob Milicic may or may not be a sentient landfaring cross between a porpoise and a sponge. He has two hands and a face.

Check out his writings about Magic the Gathering, his article on compassionate coaching, and the Magic Judge of the Week Program.

Agree with what we talked about? Disagree? Have questions or comments on what we discussed? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

 

 

The Ethics of Arrows, with JP Fairfield

JP and ArrowMy guest this week is JP Fairfield, of the Nerdgasm Noire Network and Operation Cubicle podcasts.  Together we explore the latest season of Arrow, the costs of being a hero, and why long suffering Quentin Lance deserves a break!

 

 

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A Fair Fight?

 

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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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