Monday, February 25, 2013

Some Thoughts on The Oscars and Flotus

I admit it, I am a huge fan of the Oscars.  I rarely miss watching the ceremony.  I love movies and I really like the fact that most years I have seen most of the movies that are nominated for the big awards.  Now, hollywood isn't exactly a fan of mine.  Or, I should say my political beliefs.  Many within the industry are outright rude to people who hold my political beliefs.  They call me all kinds of not so nice names and twitter has made it even more pronounced.

So last night I was tweeting while watching the ceremony.  Many of the conservatives around the twitterverse talked about how we shouldn't watch because of the very liberal slant of the industry and the people within the industry.  I say exactly the opposite.  One of the reasons that democrats win is that use pop culture to influence the masses.

Well, Flotus proved me correct last night.
It's through cinema, Obama said, that "our children learn to open their imagination and dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams."
More accurately she should have said that through cinema they influence our children.  Now, don't take this that I am saying that parents can't do anything about it, but the influences are still there.

Do you still think we shouldn't be engaging in pop culture?

The sad fact is this, the lines between politics and pop culture are not just blurred, Michelle Obama and her bangs giving out the Oscar for Best Film shows that the lines have been completely erased.  Sit on the sidelines if you want, but it will be to your detriment.


Fredd said...

I am frankly and honestly surprised that Barack Obama didn't show up at the Oscars.

The Oscars are where all of his voters get their news, info and marching orders. Low information voters know who won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1986, for God's sake, but couldn't tell you the name of the sitting Vice President of the United States.

This venue reaches way more low information voters (he calls them 'constituents') than one of his State of the Union addresses. Of course Michelle Obama was present, and nobody should be shocked or dismayed. Venues like this is how they get their message out.

I am not joking.

(Marlee Matlin won that 1986 award for her role in 'Children of a Lesser God').

net observer said...

"I say exactly the opposite. One of the reasons that democrats win is that use pop culture to influence the masses."

Thank you. And frankly, what other solution is there? Do these complainers just like to complain?

I have never understand why the movement that supposedly advocates free markets endlessly whines about "the liberal media". It almost feels like they're waiting for the government to step in and fix their problem. How ironic.

More importantly, these seemingly never-ending complaints about the media obfuscate the massive progress of the last 25-plus years. "The media" (which people seem to forget is a plural term) now includes talk radio, Internet and FoxNews. And even so-called liberal "mainstream" (or more precisely, non-FoxNews) outlets have been compelled -- by market forces, btw, not outside whining -- to allow for some conservative/right-of-center voices.

So it's pretty clear that if you want MORE conservative channels and MORE conservative voices, you work harder and should PRODUCE more. That would be the conservative solution.

Used to be, anyway.

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