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Real World Effect of Superheroes on Society - thought 1

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Saw Man of Steel last week. I don't want to get into a critique of the movie - that's been done more and better elsewhere - but it did get me thinking about some things.

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Think about the destruction wreaked across Metropolis by Kal-El and Zod. Or the havoc in NYC as Spider-man battled the Lizard. Or any of the hundreds of superpowered brawls in large cities. In a world where such events occur, why would anyone want to live or run a business in a major city?

I see a world where cities are generally abandoned. Most manufacturing takes place well away from urban centers. Ubiquitous internet access allows for telecommuting. As I see it, there are few jobs that truly require employees to travel into cities. My housemate's sister works for a high-profile brokerage firm, and she says the only reason she lives in New York City is because her employer demands it. Decentralization avoids the disruption that superpower mayhem causes.

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So, tell me - does this make sense, or am I huffing leftover Kryptonian air?

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