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Overthought Bubble #22: Think-piece? No, Please.

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, April 22 2016 and posted in Features

Overthought Bubble #22: Think-piece? No, Please.

This week's column has a very special guest writer.



Hi, folks! Jude Terror here. Gavin is currently whacked out on pain medication after getting his wisdom teeth pulled (they weren't doing him any good anyway), and he asked me to fill in on his weekly think piece column, Overthought Bubble. I graciously accepted, with hopes that he'll have some pain medication left over when he's done and he'll owe me. So that just leaves one problem: what to write a think-piece about? I thought about it, and thought about it, and thought about it some more (that's how you do this, right?), and then it finally hit me: I'll write about think-pieces.

Think-pieces serve a purpose. Right? They tell us how we should think and feel about an issue, and that's good, because sometimes we all need a little help with that. If you're reading a think-piece about how Marvel sucks, or maybe a think-piece about how Marvel sucks, or even a think-piece about how Marvel sucks (jeeze, Gavin, do you write about anything else), you probably already agree with it. If you don't agree, you're really just skimming so you can get to the bottom and call the writer a turd. When talking about Gavin, you'd be right to do so, of course. Gavin is the turdiest of turds. But the point stands: are think-pieces changing anyone's mind, or are they preaching to the converted?

My thought, because thats what you came here for after all, is that it's most often the latter. I've been at this game for a long time, and I've written a lot of articles that, if not think-pieces exactly, are at the very least opinionated. And over the years, I've noticed something. The same people that usually agree with my point of view continue to agree with it. The people that disagree, continue to disagree. And so we find ourselves locked in an endless comment section battle as repetitive and uninspired as the latest Big Two super-mega-crossover reboot event, or as a Gavin article extolling the virtues of "The Great One" Brian Bendis.

But then, why do we do it? It's certainly not for the reward of a job well done, because, let's be honest, nobody is proud of a piece like this one, or this one, and honestly, not even Gavin's mom read this one. Readers want clickbait headlines and image slideshows, not a bunch of serious words about serious topics. Maybe we do it for socialization, to show others who feel the same way we do that we're on their side. Maybe we do it for ourselves, because we have a universal need to have our opinions heard. Maybe we do it to raise awareness of important issues. Maybe, like Gavin, we do it because we're hoping Scott Snyder will notice us, and we're desperate for attention.

Whatever the reasons, it's clear that think-pieces are a staple of comic book journalism, and they're not going away (no matter how many times we try disabling Gavin's account on the website). And so, there was never really any point to my writing any of this in the first place (wow, I really am filling Gavin's role this week!). All that's left, really, is a clever ending to make it sound like I made some kind of point, and didn't just use this time to kick Gavin while he's down.

Perhaps if I end it with a question? Make you think I want *you* to think about the topic now? Hmmm?





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About the Author - Jude Terror


Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.


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