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September 09, 2004

Batman Theory

The Electric Commentary argues all bloggers want to be superheroes. All the guys, anyway (via Pete Holiday).

Obviously, guys want to be superheroes. Jerry Seinfeld famously observed this when commenting on the act of transporting a mattress from one house to another by means of securing it to the roof of a car. Invariably the driver of the car will reach out the window and hold the mattress down, just in case the rope breaks. This obviously does no good, but we like to think that it would. We all want to be Superman.

I actually think that most guys want to be Batman. Moreover, this desire can be tied to the fact that guys are messy, disorganized, and also tend to procrastinate. I call it, "Batman Theory."

I guess there are some guys who would rather be Superman. Go figure.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 9, 2004 08:28 AM

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Well if we have to use that milieu, I'd tend to think of myself as a character actor rather than the leading actor (or superhero). Commissioner Gordon rather than Batman, for instance.

I'd much rather the authorities do their job (in our case, big media), but when they are unable or unwilling to go after the big stories of their time, that's when the big blog-signal in the sky is handy.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at September 9, 2004 02:41 PM

I always thought it was more of a megalomaniacal supervillain thing, that's the persona I was going for when I came up with the name and graphic of my blog. Like the readers are my minions, waiting to do my bidding.

Posted by: Dave Munger at September 11, 2004 10:01 PM