Ah, well, it's always nice to see a lot of responses like these, and I appreciate the earnest suggestions. I don't know what to say about the genetically modified issue... I mean, God did not create cows, we did. In one way or another, a lot of our food is the result of human goofing around. I have read too many times about corn losing its sweetness right after picking to not believe that.
Now, on the cooking question, I'm sure that any number of methods can be perfected. Even the microwave. But I kind of go along with two basically similar ideas I've read about in the last few years. Both involve a little work with removing the silk, but not the husk, then either tying up the ear with string or something, if boiling, or soaking for a while and wrapping in aluminum foil if grilling. The story is that the husk imparts a little something you lose without it, and I think it's true. What I really don't like at cookouts is bare ears just burnt up, blackened, over charcoal, you know? I don't understand people who think that's good. But other questions abound. What happens if you get fresh ears and freeze them? I asked already about whether frozen corn (or other veggies) are better or worse, or any different from canned...
It's interesting that even though I have heard that the French think corn is only fit for feeding pigs, here in the Americas, it's well loved. I'll bet I'm seeing responses here from New England to San Diego, Seattle to Miami, all over. A lot of Americans like corn. Mexicans, too.
On flavorings: Yeah, I will keep playing with different powdered chiles, for the on the cob version, but I guess the lazy man's method is just grated parmesan, which I also like on popcorn. In corn off the cob, I know without even doing it yet that I'll be happy with roasted serranos. I am mad for those, they go with so many things. But there must be other interesting junk you can toss into a can of corn... Maybe not garlic, but perhaps cooked shallots, how about a little cilantro? Or even toasted pine nuts? I think the pine nuts might compliment the corn. Throw me more ideas.