The debate "The high popularity of Superman spreads the west's liberal ideas to the rest of the world" was started by
November 9, 2015, 7:46 am.
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PsychDave posted 2 arguments to the disagreers part.
wmd, AstroSpace and 2 visitors agree.
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In my opinion, Western popularity increased the probability of the introduction of Superman to various cultures. By then, western ideologies spread more fluently via the liberal ideas associated with Superman.
I know this is such a low argument but one of the most visible manifestation of liberal ideas usually associated with Superman is his sense of fashion- his underwear being exposed. Hahahaha. But srsly, I feel like it's the most effective way to spread a liberal idea. Pair it up with something interesting that people will enjoy. Then unconsciously, little by little, continuous exposition to these makes them accept it without them knowing it, classical conditioning.
I can see that to some extent, but it still poses the problem of primacy. Does Superman cause people to embrace Western culture, or does association with Western culture make Superman a popular role model? I would imagine it is a bit of both, but I don't think Superman promotes Western values as much as people like to make out.
His primary nemesis runs a multinational corporation and tries to run the world through economic means when possible and force when necessary. Lex Luthor represents the extreme end of capitalism. Superman exerts a controlling hand on that behavior.
As Superman's popularity increases with it comes western culture. So when Superman is introduced to a place, you may say you don't necessarily feel it's telling you to do something, but it's a silent form of cultural penetration. Children are oftentimes the one affected here and we know how open they are to new ideas. Correct me if I'm wrong but things we learn in childhood are not easy to remove.
Additionally, when we watch these series, we don't necessarily see what's wrong in watching them, therefore we silently allow it to influence us. I'm not saying it's wrong, because I do think western ideologies have its own merit. I'm just saying that one of the ways western ideologies spread was through our telivisions.
Superman does express western ideals, but how can his popularity spread them? If people in an area disagreed with his ideals, he wouldn't be popular in that area. It is a chicken - egg situation. Does his popularity spread the ideals, or is he popular because people associate with the ideals?