While Ong's purpose is not to condemn American comics entirely, he asserts that comics such as Superman and Wonder Woman illustrate that Americans have accepted new informational forms that make them less critical and more unaware of ideological biases. In fact, Ong argues, there are two "superstitions" that have allowed the super state ideology to infiltrate comics: the "normalcy superstition" and the "folklore superstition." The former claims that anyone who is normal likes comics, a theory that prevents people from questioning what is in comics, and the latter ties comics to other art forms, particularly folklore, in an attempt to justify all content in comics.
In this article, Ong seems to express
the same ideas he voices in "Contemporary
Readings in the Higher Sophistry": that the American public must
read new forms of media and art as critically as possible and not be awed
by the newness of the forms.