Iron Man

Tom Fency tomfency at
Thu Feb 3 11:41:20 CST 2005

But that is the problem with fables and parables, isn't it? They talk to the 
heart, and if you want to understand them you have to interpret them. In the 
way I got the story, the Iron Man’s objective is not to send us back to a 
more naturalistic lifestyle (cause he eats machines), but to send us to a 
more ‘humanistic’ lifestyle, an one in what matters is the human being and 
where unemployment and misery is not allowed to appear... In the story, they 
try to find that humanistic lifestyle when they intend to control what the 
Iron Man eats, and is exactly what the farmers did when sent him to the big 
hole. In my interpretation, this means that they find an acceptable (in 
social terms) path of ‘innovation’ (creation of new technologies) and 
‘obsoletism’ (destruction of old technologies), one that would not cause too 
much disequilibrium (principally unemployment) in the system. And finally, 
in my interpretation, the Iron Man didn't kill the consumer dragon, but has 
killed the hedonistic dragon. There is a big difference there, because to 
kill the hedonistic dragon means that the domesticated Iron Man (or the 
social controlled capitalist system) is allowing to come to adulthood (or to 
the social scene) only wealthy, healthy and educated human beings, advanced 
people that don’t want to alienate themselves in consumerism or addictions 
of any specie.
Sorry for the political, economical and philosophical class. I can’t avoid 


>From: "L. Bird" <pkeets at>
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>To: thewho at
>Subject: Re: Iron Man
>Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 05:22:53 +0000
>>By the way, in Iron Man's plot I see two different stories, each one in a
>side of the original LP. <snip> It means that for you to survive
>healthy in ours society you have to exert temperance. Iron Man defeating
>Dragon means that we, as a organized society, got to control the 
>and consumerism (turn Iron Man in a friend) and got to put our behavior in 
>moral and ethic way (freeing the Dragon of her perverted addictions).
>Well, I've been over to Bill Keller's website to read the lyrics, and I 
>guess I do see it, Tom.  It's there in the songs like "Fast Food" and "I 
>Eat Heavy Metal," isn't it?  So, if the Iron Man eats machines and kills 
>the consumer dragon, then he's going to send us back to a more naturalistic 
>lifestyle?  However, it's still a bit understated, more in the titles to 
>the songs than in the lyrics.
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