05 March 2010

Peter Parker, A Menace!

Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with the world when an event in a comic book is reported in the news like it was a real event. While I don't want to listen to terrible news all day for the lighter stuff I'd prefer reports on good things happening around the world.... Peter Parker being fired is not one of those.

From what I can tell Parker, a photographer for the Mayor (once a photojournalist for the Daily Bugle) , doctored a photograph (supposedly for the so-called greater good) and was caught. He is quickly fired and now has trouble paying for his web fluid. It would have been more timely just to give him a pink slip like so many other people are getting these days.

So doctoring a photo gets Peter Parker fired... is he really the only person out there in the media creating false documents and stories? Not by a long-shot, he just doesn't have the powerful friends.

Is what he did unethical. Probably. Then again Spider-Man/Peter Parker is not an exemplar of an ethical life. He hides his identity and prowls the streets of New York and commits various crimes (trespassing, assault & battery, destruction of public property, and violation of local noise ordinances). Not only this, but he learned to profit from his own alter ego by selling photos of 'Spider-Man' to the Bugle for years; there is something not right about selling photos of some masked vigilante to your boss when you are that vigilante. He has even made a deal with the Devil in order to save his family.... maybe a noble reason, definitely selfish, guaranteed to land him in Hell.

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