Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Free Form Comments

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ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy.

AND you can use this space to comment on posts that are old enough that no one is reading the comments threads anymore.

You do not have to have a blogger account or gmail account to post a comment -- you can write a comment, write your name at the bottom of your comment like an e mail, and then post using the "anonymous" option.

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Christian said...

Dollhouse is cancelled. Can't say I'm surprised or saddened. Maybe Whedon will start working on something better now.

Jason said...

JJ Abrams WINS!!!

(I kid, I kid.)

ScottMcDarmont said...

Has anyone else noticed that Stephen King's latest book pretty much rips off the plot to The Simpsons movie?

Jeflee said...

Geoff, have you seen this Tumblr?

Sorry if this is old news, but I just found it today and I thought of you when I saw it. (Does that sound creepy?) (BOO!)

deepfix said...

Reading your book. Liking it a lot. Bothered by this sentence:

"...many masked crime fighters differ from the Ku Klux Klan only in that they are usually afforded socially accepted status on a large scale."

You must read about different masked crime fighters and live in a history with a quite different KKK than I do. As writers, we must pay more than paricular care to the word "only".

Hyperbole aside, You approach head-on the problems I had with Grant Morrison: The Early Years. Comic books need to be compared to comic books--we've had enough books justifying comics by comparing them to other works of literature.

deepfix said...

Contrary is as contrary does:

footnote 88:

"It assumes psychiatric care and and civil liberties allow more crime than they prevent, and portrays those trying to curb fascism as Nazis themselves, effectively avoiding debate."

when the basis of defense of civil liberties is William Blackstone's "Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer," I don't see how arguing that civil liberties allow more crime than they prevent is avoiding the debate. In the world of ideas, letting 10 people free who one knows will commit more crimes in order to keep someone who will, in theory, commit no crimes, will create additional crime.

I understand that there needs to be a curb upon central authority (which it can be argued that the masked vigilante is when you consider how corrupt Gotham is supposed to be) and there are many arguments why we should allow 10 guilty men to go free in order to keep an innocent one from being imprisoned but claiming that crime will go down or even stay the same is not one of them.

Sorry. Still enjoying the book but I thought that was a rather weak dismissal of an idea that deserves greater reflection.

Geoff Klock said...

Christian -- I agree

Scott -- did you tell me that before, or are several people noticing this.

Jeflee -- that is pretty funny.

DF -- you are right about the word "only." Fair enough. Thanks for the nice words.

as for the other quote I feel like I am talking about someone else's thing having written that like 10 years ago -- at an age where it was very easy to weakly dismiss ideas that deserve greater reflection -- but I think it was the portraying those trying to curb fascism as Nazi's that was avoiding debate by loading one side of the scales. Miller is not exactly giving fair shrift to both sides of the debate.

ScottMcDarmont said...


I also posted that as a status on Facebook.

deepfix said...

Just thinking about the whole Kansas issue in Kingdom Come:

Before the Civil War, the first battle between slavery and absolution happened in Kansas. The Civil War occured later. Much like Kingdom Come.

deepfix said...

New thought: