thinking about watchmen
I have been passed out with the flu for a week, but I’m finally feeling better, so I can post! YES!
I saw the Watchmen movie last Friday. I’m still in the process of reading the graphic novel, but there were a few things about the movie that bothered me. First, the dead lesbian super heroes were sleeping in some seriously intense lingerie when they were murdered. But what bothered me more was the treatment of the urban poor throughout the film. It seemed that the retired crime busters (or whatever) where forced to live in horrible conditions, surrounded by the rest of the urban populations, who were either criminals or prostitutes. I know we’re not supposed to agree with Rorschach, but the rest of the film didn’t really offer anything else. I think we’ve got a problem with otherizing urban poverty, and this movie doesn’t help. Also, finally, they had to destroy most of the world’s major cities to acheive peace? I know it was supposed to unify the world against a common enemy, but it also left only suburban and rural populations around to deal with it. It seemed like killing off the rats to me.
The book seems like it will be different, because we’re getting to know more people who live in the cities. But I think it’ll be interesting to talk about class in relation to technology with this text, and I’m interested to see how it works out.