The last two years have seen a great deal of energy spent trying to explain why LeBron James’ moving from Cleveland to South Beach was wrong. While at this very moment nerds around the world are typing the QWERTY off their keyboard, raging against the prequels to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen.
These two events are very different. They are separated by subject matter, time, space, intellectual property law, and an array of other details, to many to list. But these ire-inducing incidents also share some common ground, they’re both morally ambiguous and entirely lawful.
LeBron James acted within his rights as a Free Agent, and it’s clear that DC Comics is entitled to create stories containing characters owned by their own company.
No laws are being broken, and nothings at stake in either of these situations that rises to the level of moral outrage. At the end of the day we’re not talking about abortion, or sex slavery, or even war. It’s just funny books and B-ball.
It’s this legal clarity and moral insignificance that makes these things so hard to define. There’s nothing to hang ones hat on when hating. When something’s legal and it’s neither good nor bad, how do you know whether it’s right or wrong?
Our guts tell us that it’s not right for LeBron to team up with his friends and stack the deck, but there’s others who simply see a man making his own way in the world, choosing his own path.
Certain nerds have experienced a visceral reaction to Watchmen being built upon. They feel as though nothing can be added to this complete project without marring the material, while there comic-reading compatriots just see the chance for more raging Rorschach.
What is one to do? How do you find and support an argument for something that seems wrong, but isn’t bad or illegal? Why is LeBron a bad guy? Why shouldn’t DC make some more money? What do you think, and why?
Right or Wrong,