Owlish Mutterings
3/19/2005
 
Secret identity
Saw some friends on Thursday. Had a short discussion, in which the guy claimed that Spiderman was Peter Parker's secret identity, rather than the other way around. I don't think he was trying to make a philosophical point [of the two identities, the person's emotional energy goes into Peter Parker, so Spiderman should be considered the secondary, secret identity]. I think it was just a definition: when there's a civilian life and a superhero life, the superhero life is the secret identity. Which might be interesting from a psychological point of view, but that's not the point. Anyway, by chance we watched The Incredibles that evening [good flick, check it out], and some of the first scenes involved Mr Incredible and Elastigirl talking about their "secret identities." Thought about specifically pointing that out, but decided not to. Basically, with him, I can't win arguments.

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