Good Vs. Evil: A Paradigm Shift
When I was a kid I would always root for the bad guy. It didn’t matter the genre it could be movies, books, cartoons etc. It didn’t matter; evil was awesome. I think it was due to the fact that the evil characters were always much more flashy and cool when compared to the good guys.
Take the Transformers for example: The Autobots could turn into cars and trucks, which really isn’t all that exciting for a robot that can transform. The Decepticons could transform into jets, guns, insects etc. Things that were much cooler than cars. For this reason I always cheered for the Decepticons, and got pretty upset every time the Autobots came along and ruined everything. The same applies for GI Joe, Cobra Commander was much cooler than Hawk ever was.
Recently I have found myself rooting for the good guys more often than I had in the past. I had to really sit down and think for a moment what caused this shift in perspective. What I came up with really made me feel quite old. My wife calls it wisdom, but personally I think its old age catching up to me.
The reason I have turned my back on the evil characters is due to a lack in leadership and organization.
Most evil organizations represented in 80s pop culture, lacked a solid platform of organization and planning. They have their evil end goal in mind, but somehow managed to get overtaken by the forces of good due to their lack of planning and organization.
In regards to leadership there always seems to be a lot more instances of insubordination, blatant disregard for leadership, and often there is someone just waiting for an opportunity to usurp the leader’s position. Take a look at the Transformers for example, Starscream did a fantastixc job of sucking up to Megatron, but would stab him in the back at any given opportunity to further his dreams of leading the Decepticons.
So now I cheer for the good guys. They may not be flashy or cool but they have strong organizational skills, a sense of loyalty, and a respect for authority.
Getting older brings about some odd changes in perspective.