joi, 8 noiembrie 2012

Discipline and Control in the Post-9/11 Superhero Film: The Cyborg Superhero


"Popular culture has played a crucial role in the legitimization of both government and corporate surveillance as a natural and necessary part of contemporary public life. Superheroes in post-9/11 Hollywood cinema have repeatedly addressed public anxieties related to issues of masculinity in a world in which the new enemies have incorporated the logic of finance capitalism. In the previous chapter, I argued that the figure of the Joker in The Dark Knight can be interpreted as a metaphorical embodiment of this specifically postmodern economy that requires the chaos of destructive capitalism and the flexibility of a permanent disposable workforce. In this section, I examine more closely how superheroes utilize their powers to counterbalance these threats, and how they are thereby transformed into a form of this surveillance machinery, their bodies literally inscribed by the technology they utilize."  Dan Hassler-Forest, excerpted and adapted from Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age (Zero Books, 2012)

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