Watchmen and Frozen

While reading Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Watchmen, last night, I came across a scene that was painfully familiar. One of the main characters, Dr. Manhattan, had left earth as an outcast because he feared his powers were harming those closest to him. Alone on the desolate deserts of Mars, he constructs a crystal palace, and I thought, “I’ve seen this before.” This is the exact same thing that happens in Frozen.

I pointed it out to Gabi, and she also saw the similarities. Then I had the idea to overlay the lyrics from the Frozen Song over the artwork from the comic, estimating it would take about two hours to do it well. And I wanted to get started right away! However, since it was already 11:30 at night, Gabi persuaded me to do a quick Google search to see if this was already a thing.

The internet didn’t let me down.

Crystal and ice palace

There was an article in Slate from back in March showing exactly what I imagined. Alex Wolinetz made the original, and it was just what I had in mind.

2014: A Facebook Odyssey.

2014: A Facebook Odyssey.

Gallup finds shifting views on morality

A recent Gallup poll shows new highs in acceptance of various morality issues.

The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.

Moral Acceptability of Various Issues, May 2014

What Gallup didn’t provide in this post—and what would be informative to see—is a trend line on how views on these issues have changed over time. The title of the post says they are record highs, but there’s not much details about how much higher the percentages of moral acceptability the respondents reported. Overall, I’d expect to see views on most of these issues becoming increasingly morally acceptable. But I wonder if any of these issues have become more taboo over time?