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scifitwin wrote in 35minutes_ago
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Discussion topic: How well do you think the giant squid plan will work?

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Seconding your comment here. Interestingly enough today I picked up a book called Watchmen and Philosophy (yet to buy it, but will do so sometime) and there was the most interesting chapter (Chapter Five, for the curious) that picks up points along the lines of what you have mentioned here, except the author goes on a more philosophical driven dissertation of the characters. Particularly, of course, that of Adrian Veidt.

Adrian was seen as a consequentialist, but yet the classic utilitarian philosophers would be most appalled to have him associated with them considering the sort of act he commits (i.e. how utilitarianism looks at picking an option that gives the highest benefit, or in the most classic sense, in terms of happiness - but how can one justify killing millions to save billions as any form of happiness? Though the world is 'saved' the sheer horror of the squid isn't easily erased, and the so-called united world will be one living in fear).

I have forgotten the depth of the argument put forth by the author - I will comment again on this post upon procuring the book so as to share it with everyone here - but I must say this discussion is most interesting as the 'opening' post to the comm, and most apt considering it's the major deviation between comicverse!Watchmen and movieverse!Watchmen.



Random unrelated: drakyndra I had the liberty of looking at your LJ profile. Wow, fellow Unimelb student! Hello there. I'm no longer there (now in USYD) but wow, the possibility of meeting a fellow Unimelb kid on the same comm :) Or as Dr Manhattan puts it, a miracle.

I can't say I'm particularly well educated when it comes to philosophy - one of my friends is majoring in it, and a few of my classes touch on it, but for the most part I'm only really familiar with the vague outlines. But I'd have to say: You can't be real happy if you are dead. But that's a personal perspective. So it'd depend on how much people prioritise quality of life. This is starting to sound way too much like Euthanasia debates from school.

That said, I'd be interested to hear what the book has to say.

Obviously, Unimelb produces students with phenomenally good taste in comics and fandom. I wonder what this miracle will bring?

I am not exactly that well-versed in phil either. It's a fringe interest of mine - although I'm getting more and more into it, hence the curiosity and picking up of that book in particular. And I think the author brought up the point you mentioned too - re deadhappy. Deadhappy. LOL.

Not a problemo. I'm definitely sharing with this group, as it concerns itself with comicverse!Adrian and I would want to see what others think of the author's view.


I'd like to think that apart from just good taste in comics and fandom, the ability to constructively discuss comicfandom is definitely a pluspoint. I am not geeking out here. Seriously. But oh damn do I love srs bznz in fandoms.

Well, there are the fandoms I like for the srs bznz. And then there are fandoms I like for the sheer fun factor like the glorious crack that is Batman: Brave and the Bold. And occasionally you get the rare fandom that has both...

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