So we see propaganda or indoctrination in a negative, or largely pejorative sense.
See Strawman U for an entire university composed of straw characters or Fictional Political Party for what can amount to an entire party of strawmen. This tactic is also sometimes used in AstroTurf campaigns. The strawman is a relative of the Windmill.
While a strawman is a dumbed-down version of a real enemy or threat, a windmill is not at all the threat it's believed to be — if it even exists in the first place.
A person who honestly fights such windmills can be used as a Straw Loserwhile a dishonest person who tricks others into fighting windmills typically is a Straw Hypocrite. If the strawman actually makes a good point that the author didn't intend it's a case of Strawman Has a Point.
Compare and contrast with Deliberately Bad Examplewhere a character's purpose is to make a sympathetic character look better in comparison regarding a potentially touchy subject. Finally, characters literally made of straw are Scary Scarecrows. Often he proves his arguments by having a character argue down a Strawman Political.
A particularly bad one is " Big Daddy ", which consists mostly of a blatant Gary Stu debating evolution with a Strawman Political science teacher. Jack Chick outdid himself in a Crusaders and Alberto comics, where the main characters meet new political strawmen every issue who state things such as the Catholic Church is really a front for The Illuminati or Communism is actually a form of Satanism.
Heaven help you so to speak if you're a Latter Day Saint. Goldilocks, from the Vertigo comic Fablesseems to be this at first, with every negative stereotype about liberal feminists you can think of, spouting Communist rhetoric, exclaiming "Oh my Goddess!
In an issue of PreacherJesse was listening to a late-night debate between a Straw Feminist and a Straw Conservative which was so stupid he got pissed off, called the radio station, and used his Compelling Voice to make them confess what each really wanted.
They both said they want cock. The Corrupt Corporate Executive version of Lex Luthor occasionally edged into Strawman Conservative territory, though when the character actually ran for president the writers were careful not to describe his political leanings at all.
Though it's worth noting that at one point, Green Arrow decries something President Luthor has done with "This would never happen with a Democrat in the White House! Public Enemies avoids this by making Luthor a third-party independent. Luthor was a third party candidate in the comic books as well.
If some writers forgot that in order to turn him into a Strawman, that can't be helped, but the main writers of the story showed him as competing with the "two major party candidates.
In the original stories, penned by Objectivist Steve DitkoDove, the pacifist, is portrayed as weak-willed, vacillating, and ineffectual, while his aggressive brother Hawk is the only one who manages to accomplish anything.
Almost every writer since Ditko has portrayed Hawk as a thoughtlessly belligerent borderline berserker, with the rational, thoughtful Dove providing the only rational check on his action.
Only rarely do we see a story where both viewpoints are treated with anything approaching equal regard, or a writer who admits the possibility that the different approaches might be appropriate in different situations.
Ironically, this mainly came to the fore when Ditko was working with Steve Skeates, the more liberal co-creator of the duo.
Characterization veered from side to side depending on who was doing the main plotting, until Skeates finally left the book over how Dove was being made into a wimp. When Hawk and Dove were later revived, the whole "conservative vs.
Later taken to extremes when Hawk murdered Dove and became a brutal militaristic dictator. And then taken to an even greater extreme during Blackest Nightwhere Dove I is apparently the only dead person in the entire universe who is at peace. This all becomes rather strange when you consider that the peaceful, pacifist, Dove constantly telling Hawk that not all problems are solved by running around in spandex and punching people in the face is portrayed as unfailingly right by most writers, when the setting revolves around people running around in spandex and punching people in the face.
It's also important to remember that throughout most of the s, before the antiwar mindset truly entered the liberal mainstreamit was possible to be a liberal and a hawk as long as war advanced a liberal agenda.
In fact, at many times in the past the conservatives were the ones who were antiwar. In the JLU episode "Hawk and Dove", they were portrayed once again as Straw Conservative and Liberal respectively, and while Hawk was once again portrayed as an over-aggressive brute vs Dove's pacifist outlook, his behavior was tempered by his stated need to protect his brother, whom he saw as "weak".
The Daily Planet columnist Dirk Armstrong in Superman comics was created as a strawman conservative, though some later writers gave him more depth and sympathetic qualities, such as having to raise a blind teenage daughter on his own. His strawman status should have been obvious, given his physical resemblance to Rush Limbaugh.
While he is portrayed initially as a Superman fan for being tough on crimehe is the first to turn on Superman after he loses control of his powers and becomes an energy being Thankfully, soon after that storyline ended, he was Put on a Bus and has not been seen since.
Some writers that handled the character seemed to think that any conservative leaning, at all, constituted being a wacko extremist. Meaning that when Armstrong vowed to devote his column to making sure a mayor with a poor gun rights record wasn't elected at least until the electionit slammed straight into Strawman Has a Point territory so hard that if you weren't aware of the character's status as a strawman whipping-boy, you'd have thought they meant him to be right.The Midterm Elections are fast approaching.
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