Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Investigative Superheroes

In anticipation of Spider-Man 3 this weekend, I've been watching a lot of superheroes movies to psych myself up: Batman Begins, Spider-Man 2, Superman Returns, and Toby Maguire on The Daily Show. It struck me, though, what's with this weird phenomenon of superheroes masquerading as journalists?

In all seriousness, it could be construed as a commentary on the profession of journalism. Journalists are typically least critical of those closest to them. It's their job to investigate people, but when those people are also cozy with them, they don't want to disrupt personal relationships. It's a paradox journalists must always face. In order to get "the story" they have to get close to people, but it's this closeness that can also cause them to miss really important stories.

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