Thursday, March 10, 2005

Teamwork Requires Conformity

I found this in a series of satirical posters at baddaystudio.com, based on new motivational posters produced by Marvel Comics. I'm posting it just because it makes me laugh....

I think TK might have liked to put this up in his office.


From Bad Day Studio

3 Comments:

At 3/11/2005 7:16 AM, Anonymous YankeeFan said...

I think there are too many things wrong with that poster.

First, teamwork requires teamwork, not conformity. In fact, it can be argued that the best team consists of participants that come from multicultered and multi-exeperienced backgrounds, thereby allowing them to collectively handle a wide variety of tasks (i.e., whatever comes your way).

Second, consider the source -- Marvel comics. Now assuming I remember the difference between Marvel and DC, the Avengers, the X-Men, Fantastic Four...all really great teams, made up of different characters with different backgrounds. If they were all the same, they wouldn't complement each other so well...nor would they need to be a team -- each one would be an unnecessary redundancy in view of the others.

Finally, is this what we want hanging in offices or (worse yet) schools? I do not have children yet (hard to believe for anyone who has seen my steriods-in-baseball rant) but the last thing I hope my children do is conform. Obey the rules, obey the laws, and be a good person? Yes. But be yourself and do what you do in your own way. That's the lesson we should be preaching.

YankeeFan

P.S. Perhaps this explains why I don't go around telling everyone to be a Yankee fan, and why I (hopefully) differ from the stereotypical Yankee fans...like Sinatra said (no, not New York, New York)... I do it MYYYYYYYY WAAAYYYYYYY.

 
At 3/11/2005 2:55 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

"Finally, is this what we want hanging in offices or (worse yet) schools? I do not have children yet (hard to believe for anyone who has seen my steriods-in-baseball rant) but the last thing I hope my children do is conform. Obey the rules, obey the laws, and be a good person? Yes. But be yourself and do what you do in your own way. That's the lesson we should be preaching."
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The Bad Day Studios posters are meant to be ironic parodies of the Marvel posters, and I think the intended message of this one is just what you said. You can see some of the Marvel originals for sale at this site: http://www.comicsplus.com/marvelmotivationalposters.shtml

There does seem to be a growing number of nationalistic posters available these days, or maybe I'm just noticing them more often now, which preach the virtues of Strength, Unity, Character, etc. Somone at Daily Kos last week wrote a diary showing how one series in particular has some subtle but striking resemblances to old Nazi propaganda. Take a look, see what you think: http://dailykos.com/story/2005/3/9/162613/7531

 
At 3/12/2005 6:40 AM, Anonymous Dianna said...

Wow! A Yankees Fan preaching about non-conformity. Yet Steinbrenner doesn't allow anything differenent on his team: no long hair, no facial hair, etc.

Although honestly, one of the local ministers was gripping about that last sring -- that someplayers had their socks up and some had their socks down. "That's why the call it a uniform. It's supposed to look the same on everyone!"

 

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