I know I’ve been guilty of it, too, to some extent. We who make our livings by writing for the trusty ol’ Internet don’t get paid unless we get people to read the articles we post, and it’s a given that sensationalized or salacious posts get more attention. Also, the Internet has no kind of filter whatsoever, no levels or standards to which a writer must attain, as it is open to anybody and everybody, AND it seems much harder for people reading things on the Internet to tell what constitutes a REAL news item from what is nothing more than a digital WEEKLY WORLD NEWS puff piece–or worse, thinly veiled political propaganda, digital Fox News fare. I have never just “made up” stuff and posted it claiming it to be true. But I COULD. And I’ve for dang sure seen others doing it.
This here isn’t a fabrication, but it is a perfect example of a writer making hay out of nothing. Geoff Johns made a comment about DC not turning Superman into a Nazi. It was not a dig at Marvel and the recent SECRET EMPIRE storyline. Or if it was, it was a good-natured one. This article calls it a “pretty clear shot.” The only thing pretty clear to me is that it was a JOKE. And a case of a writer basing an article on misrepresenting it. But, hey, no harm, no foul, fellow Internet author. I know we gotta earn them clicks. And I DID just make my own hay out of YOUR post, so it’s all good.
IF Johns had made a dig at marvel, however, I would have had to point out that DC itself lives in a lofty house of fragile glass. Was Marvel making Captain America a Nazi really any more of a misstep than Red Superman/Blue Superman? Methinks not.