- Posted by Johanna on November 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
You remember Parade, don’t you? Comes in the Sunday paper, and the articles and ads suggest their target reader is over 60 years old?
I was surprised to see that yesterday, Superman’s decision to quit working for the newspaper in order to start blogging got two pages of commentary in the publication. You can also read the column online. Here are the key excerpts, though:
… Little did I know that, three months later, Superman would throw a hissy fit and quit.
… Kent claims he’s been in the newsroom for five years. Please. The guy’s been pecking the keyboards since the 1930s. Journalists and math: so painful to watch.
Okay, I’m just going to say it. Kent has been ethically challenged for years. How many times can you hide behind that mild-mannered malarkey while story after story about you bleeds across the front page? For 55 years I’ve been waiting for Kent to raise his hand in a meeting and mumble, “Um, about that man in the red cape …”
But, no. Instead, Superman has stomped out of the newsroom and trashed the industry that gave him cover. Rumor has it that he left the paper to blog. Bad idea, meet worst nightmare.
Superman, a little advice: We’re short on heroes these days. We don’t want you to be like the rest of us. Social media is the new Kryptonite. One minute you’re trolling Lex Luthor’s Facebook page, and the next thing you know you’re tweeting X-ray vision pics of women on the 23rd floor of the Hilton.
I gave up reading the Superman comics, so I don’t know if this choice makes sense for the new version of the character, or if it will be remembered as fondly as when Clark Kent donned wide ties to read the TV news in the 70s. On the one hand, I like the idea of trying to keep the character in touch with today’s world — although clearly, based on this writer, it doesn’t matter when people have spent their whole life knowing the character’s story, as they first heard it. On the other hand, why mess with something so well-established? Because it gets you noticed in the weirdest and widest-ranging places, I guess.