dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On being the hero of other people's story.

The business with Elly disrespecting the clerk who was trying her damnedest reminds me of an interesting little thing that happened to Mike a few years later. What happened is that first year journalism student Michael interviewed a man off the record for a class project owing to the fact that his professor didn't really think that making himself the subject was consonant with the idea of journalism. Mike's marveling at the fact that people who aren't him have stories to tell led him to a rather easy-to-resist temptation when it was decided that Mike's story was soooooo good, it just HAD to be in the campus broadsheet. Conflict emerged when the man told him that no, he didn't especially want his story broadcast to the people because he had the right to privacy even if that did mean that Michael wouldn't get a pat on the head and a cookie. Despite being prodded by Weed and the paper's editor, Mike did the right thing (or what Lynn thinks is right) and let the matter slide because his falling on his sword like a hero in an Afterschool Special is supposed to show us that Mike had ethics.

The reason that I mention this is that future events would prove that Mike has all the ethics of a poison toad. Mike's integrity seemed to have taken a vacation when he stood around bitching about how the EMTs and other first responders were getting in the way of his interviewing the people at that nifty crash that took place so he could break a news story. His ethics seemed to have been off taking a whizz somewhere when he complained about the butt-brain editor cutting his verbiage down to bare bones and emphasizing Weed's photo of the car wreck and his decency seemed to have absented itself when John had to remind him that no, people aren't just extras in the story of Mike Patterson's glorious life. Given that said moral lesson seemed to have not taken hold owing to his helping touch off a Stalinist purge directed at an uppity fashion designer who behaved as if he was some monkey hired to collect trivia to plug into a puff piece, it's safe to say that Mike never really grew out of the habit of mind of assuming that yes, other people are anonymous drones who exist solely in relation to his own needs.

This, I should think, is owing to his sharing the same blind spot as his creator. No matter how much people might try to tell her otherwise, Lynn (and, by extension, the cast) can't quite manage to realize that the woman who Elly said must have had a lobotomy because her inexperience and possible vision problems got in the way of our hero being a freaking big shot is the protagonist of her own life instead of an obstacle an unkind fate placed in Elly's way. Someone with empathy would see a person trying her best while ignoring the cattiness of a demanding, demeaning and ultimately inept Customer From Hell; Lynn sees Elly as somehow having been made a fool of by someone who had no right to do so.
Tags: lynn versus everyone, mike patterson: universal idiot

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