R Bruns

Cost-benefit and biosecurity economist

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The tech-using superheroes all have 'tech bro' as their backstory, but this has almost nothing to do with the plot or their on-screen actions. They are occasionally shown doing product launches etc. because that it a thing that tech millionaires do, but all of the on-screen action is defending against change, not causing it. And the 'tech going wrong or being exploited' outcome is approximately 100% of the portrayal of events, there is almost no screen time on an invention making the world better. 

See https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ReedRichardsIsUseless

Civil War is interesting because it is the only time they put any effort into showing a conflict where both sides had good reasons for their beliefs. And it is framed as 'defend the liberty of individuals' vs 'defend society from powers'.

Ask yourself, "Who in a superhero universe most closely matches the protagonist in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court? Who tries to use their advanced technology to actually alter the world, and change society so it aligns with their values? Is the person you imagine portrayed as a hero or a villain?

Despite the inaccuracy, I used 'monkey' rather than ape for the connotations and imagery. And yes, our ancestors were never completely solitary, but the general trend is that we went form something kind of like an orangutan to something that could be ordered into the trenches of WW1.

It may not be as memetically optimized for the modern LW audience as ingroup-written rationalfic, but I recommend reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. It is (one of?) the first-ever 'engineer uses technical knowledge to fix a primitive society and instill modern values' stories.

Fixed, thanks for pointing that out.