Lion of the Blogosphere

Is it OK to watch mainstream entertainment?

Commenter Hermes doesn’t think so:

Yeah, I haven’t watched Star Trek: Picard yet, but given Lion’s appreciation of other contemporary TV shows, I wouldn’t trust his opinion on this. Every TV show these days, unless its creators make an explicit attempt for it to be otherwise, is dark, brooding, nihilistic, morally ambiguous, intentionally eschewing any sense of absolute right and wrong, and lacking any true “good guys.” Not to mention portraying white men as losers, and NAMs and women as winners. I wouldn’t expect Star Trek: Picard to be any different. Lion is like those people Lawrence Auster used to criticize, people who consider themselves “conservatives” but are so immersed in the decadent surround culture that they don’t realize it.

Unless your only want to consume entertainment from before the 1970s or something like that, I don’t see how you can avoid it.

For the record, the other things that I have been watching lately are:

Terrace House:

This is a Japanese reality show where they put 3 “boys” and 3 girls, between the ages of 18 and 29, into a nice house, and film their lives. As time goes by, some participants leave and are replaced by new participants. It’s a lot different than American reality shows. There’s a lot less of the bad kind of drama. No loud arguments or fights. And it’s far more traditional and PG rated. No gays or lesbians. If there’s any sex happening, they keep it very hidden or very implicit. Apparently in Japan, even holding hands isn’t considered acceptable until they’ve gone on a few dates and then declared their love for each other.

Every so often, they cut to a panel of celebrities and comedians who discuss the action. This weirdness took some getting used to, but now I can see the superiority of it. Too bad I don’t understand any of the Japanese except for a few commonly used words like itadakimasu (note that normally the “u” at the end isn’t pronounced), etc. I’m probably missing out on a lot of the nuances by reading the subtitles.

For Japan, it’s pretty multicultural. Four of the participants from the first series (Boys and Girls in the City) are half-Japanese, and in the second series (Aloha State) most of the participants are half Japanese, and there’s even one girl who is zero percent Japanese. She’s half white and half Chinese, and she’s also the most beautiful girl to appear on the show up to that point. The message from the show seems to be that the half-Japanese people are cooler, less passive aggressive, better looking, more fun, more emotionally stable compared to full Japanese participants.

Critical Role:

This is a web series where “nerdy-ass” voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons, with Matt Mercer as the dungeon master. I enjoy the show, but I am vaguely aware that off the set, I am sure the cast are extreme left-wing types. One member of the cast, Taliesin Jaffe, tries to give of a bisexual vibe. Matt Mercer’s fantasy world has women in the army and basically serving in all functions that men do, totally unlike real medieval times. There’s also lesbian marriage. My take on all of that is that, given that Dungeons and Dragons takes place in a totally fake world anyway, might as well make it a fake world that makes everyone playing the game happy, right?

If you’re going to watch this, watch the second campaign. The early episodes of the first campaign have horrible audio quality and other technical deficiencies. The second campaign has professional quality production values from the start.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM

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  1. Terrace House is produced by Netflix, it’s no more Japanese than Massachusetts and Connecticut are Native American. Anything made by Netflix is disgusting colonialism and should be wholly condemned.

    “Unless your only want to consume entertainment from before the 1970s or something like that, I don’t see how you can avoid it.”

    You can get media actually produced in China or Japan. Or maybe try to work on making your own stuff. Or just accept stuff from before 1970?

    alex2

    February 23, 2020 at 3:56 PM

    • “Chinatown” was made well after 1970 and I don’t remember any political correctness in it unless you count the Latino detective (and he may be full-blooded Spanish). Anyway, I don’t know if there were any Latino detectives in L.A. in the ’30s.

      CamelCaseRob

      February 23, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    • A lot of foreign product made under the Netflix brand consists of coproduction with locals. Most Netflix Japanese shows are 100% Japanese. If it’s made in Japanese with Japanese actors and written by Japanese it’s Japanese.

      Peter Akuleyev

      February 23, 2020 at 11:21 PM

  2. Terrace House has a bisexual man, Shunsuke Ikezoe, in the last season (Nagano season “Opening New Dors”), but he doesn’t stay long. They do show him looking at another man sexually while taking a traditional Japanese bath (soaking in hot water, which is not generally considered homosexual for two men to do)…

    GrassMudHorse

    February 23, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    • That’s horrible. It’s a nice tradition that Japanese men can go into baths together naked and have it not be sexual at all, just relaxing. If homosexuals start using it to gawk at naked guys then it will quickly be ruined and turned into, well, a gay bathhouse. Everything nice is being ruined by modernity.

      ack-acking

      February 24, 2020 at 1:17 PM

  3. “Unless your only want to consume entertainment from before the 1970s or something like that, I don’t see how you can avoid it.”

    This is what I do, except I watch things made up to the ‘80s. I watched ‘Sunset Blvd’ (1950 movie free on Prime) recently , it was great. I also watch ‘That Girl’ regularly (free on Prime). Ann Marie, the lead played by Marlo Thomas, is charming and her boyfriend Donald Hollinger is a pleasant and well rounded fellow. It is great light entertainment.

    Curle

    February 23, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    • Yup, seconded. There are a lot of great movies from the 40s and 50s!

      S.J., Esquire

      February 23, 2020 at 8:36 PM

    • Marlo Thomas is an interesting mixture – half guido – half Lebanese.

      Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

      February 23, 2020 at 8:50 PM

      • She’s very charming in the show in a particularly female way and the interaction of her charm and flighty behavior interacting with Don’s reliability, occasional reaction and susceptibility to her wiles casts a spotlight on the bio-genetic origins of human behavior. No supergirl doing karate kick ‘we are the same’ messaging can ever counteract the bio-realities of male female relationships accurately portrayed.

        Curle

        February 23, 2020 at 10:39 PM

    • Sunset Boulevard – one of the most overrated flicks of all time. Right up there with Midnight Cowboy. Just terrible.

      Marty

      February 23, 2020 at 10:00 PM

      • Both were reasonably good character studies involving marginal people. That the characters weren’t wholesome doesn’t detract from the work that I can see. Nothing about their lives is glamorized and the fact women chase men is reality not propaganda.

        Curle

        February 23, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    • Sunset Blvd and That Girl are funny shows to pick since both are classic „in the know“ gay entertainment from that era. Are you trolling?

      Peter Akuleyev

      February 23, 2020 at 11:16 PM

      • I didn’t know that. I watched Sunset Blvd because I’d always heard it was good, that Billy Wilder was a good director and it was free. The prior watched movie was Kaleidoscope (1966) by director Jack Smight starring Warren Beatty and Susanna Yorke. About a gambling scammer. I’ve also never heard anything connecting ‘That Girl’ to gays. I like the show because it is light non-politicized entertainment with appealing traditional male and female characters.

        Curle

        February 24, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    • You shouldn’t patronize Amazon Prime owned by Jeff Bezos. For all its other faults Netflix was the original movie innovator and streaming service. I use that plus a Canadian company that sails the high seas exploiting gray areas in regulation.

      redarmyvodka

      February 24, 2020 at 5:39 AM

      • “You shouldn’t patronize Amazon Prime owned by Jeff Bezos.”

        Amazon Prime also gives you free two-day shipping.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2020 at 7:29 AM

  4. I take a very expansive view, enjoying Melies films from the 1890s to the latest Wes Anderson, Scorsese, Coen Bros, etc. You can actually see societal trends forming along the way, not too mention the effect of (self) censorship. For example, so called ‘pre-code’ Hollywood films (films before 1934) are almost shockingly straight-forward in their depiction of divorce, sexuality, affairs, and you’d swear these films were just before the 1960s sexual revolution. But this ‘revolution’ seemed to be put on hold for the sake of the Catholic League, the Depression, and then later the War. But by the mid 60s, that was enough, and the Hollywood ‘system’ broke down. It seemed like there was a period of thoughtful movies until somewhere in the 2010 region, when ‘wokeness’ arose from its slumber, and most entertainment after 2015 seems heavily self aware and heavily self-censored.

    When it comes to entertainment I try to divorce the creators behavior from my enjoyment of their work. Mozart was a horny little imp, but I won’t let that lessen my enjoyment of his works. Of course, this doesn’t always work, as the mid 20th century art of the totalitarian states is something god-awful, as were its leaders.

    jack cade

    February 23, 2020 at 4:40 PM

  5. My sense is that the rise of video games has caused TV to become feminized. Gaming pulled enough single male watchers away from non-sports TV that it needs to cater primarily to women. So that’s one effect going on. I really didn’t watch TV much between childhood and the rise of streaming. Then when I did watch streaming, I often watched the same shows again and again (e.g. Futurama), just putting it on in the background while I did something else.

    But then I got married, and my wife, like most women, enjoys her scripted shows. So it’s an active search to find content that we both find interesting and that isn’t totally degenerate.

    As for D&D, I think others here have noted that nerd culture went SJW at some point, for some reason. But my last D&D campaign was set in a world that I intentionally created to be much more medieval-like, with all of its differences from medieval culture explainable by the impact of magic and so on. I thought everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. But of course, I was playing with a bunch of regular white guys in the South.

    Wency

    February 23, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    • Interesting point about video games taking some of the male audience from TV causing the latter to become feminized. Never thought about that before.

      I think you yourself have said you identified with what I’ve mentioned before about being baffled that nerd culture went SJW. Because when I was growing up as a shy nerdy kid in the eighties, it seemed like the “cool” kids whom I didn’t fit in with and felt put upon by were into sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, so I found an alternative belonging in the world of traditional morality and religion, and identified those things with nerdiness. So it’s always seemed strange to me that nerds turned out to be into “alternative lifestyles” and such themselves. Harry Potter fandom is the worst. There’s no more pro-transgender group of people on earth.

      Hermes

      February 23, 2020 at 11:49 PM

      • I don’t recall any transgender characters in Harry Potter, but I haven’t finished the last book.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    • It’s the other way around imo it was the feminization of TV that led to the rise of gaming. I’d say nerd culture including gaming had signs of SJW around 2012. Soon afterward it was everywhere hence the gamergate backlash.

      redarmyvodka

      February 24, 2020 at 5:34 AM

      • The rise of video gaming was almost entirely technology-driven. The early games — pinball, Atari, etc., were fun for a few minutes but got boring and repetitive fast. They didn’t really work as a hobby except for a handful of weirdo obsessives. The NES era was when games started to get really compelling, at least for children. But many of the boys who grew up with Nintendo stayed interested as the technology got more compelling, with better and better graphics, and intense online competition.

        If there’s a cultural factor aiding the rise of games, I think it’s low TFR. The industry is supported by men in their 20s and 30s who don’t have families and spend a LOT of money on games. At another time, they’d have a family to worry about, but without one, some of these guys go crazy with their monthly gaming budgets.

        Wency

        February 24, 2020 at 10:09 AM

      • I think that online competition is what drove a big increase in videogaming over the last 10 years.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2020 at 10:26 AM

      • @Lion:

        Agree somewhat, but online competition has been at least somewhat mainstream for 20 years, super-mainstream for 15. Halo 2 came out in 2004, and regular, non-nerdy frat boys were playing it online right away.

        Wency

        February 24, 2020 at 11:26 AM

      • OK, 15 years.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2020 at 11:44 AM

      • I’d say technology was the primary driver as well but arcades were popular and mainstream long before the modern era. You’re right in the sense that the 1980s and especially the 1990s made gaming big. The feminization of TV didn’t really occur until the 2000s which began to see cord cutting as soon as Netflix arrived. Now that same crap is spreading to the technology sector and the gaming world hence the backlash. The tech/gaming world is the last lucrative, desirable, and male centric space remaining in the wider society.

        redarmyvodka

        February 24, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    • I agree, men switching to video games is a big part of it. Why bother watching a shitty tv show when you can play a fully immersive game with interesting mechanics, which also often tells a good story? And it’s a feedback loop where more men stop watching tv -> tv focuses more on women -> men watch tv even less.

      The world of books is even more dominated by women. Here’s the 10 best selling books of the last decade:
      1. E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey (2011) – 15.2 million copies
      2. E. L. James, Fifty Shades Darker (2011) – 10.4 million copies
      3. E. L. James, Fifty Shades Freed (2012) – 9.3 million copies
      4. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (2008) – 8.7 million copies
      5. Kathryn Stockett, The Help (2009) – 8.7 million copies
      6. Paula Hawkins, The Girl on The Train (2015) – 8.2 million copies
      7. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (2012) – 8.1 million copies
      8. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (2012) – 8 million copies
      9. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2008) – 7.9 million copies
      10. Veronica Roth, Divergent (2011) – 6.6 million copies

      All are aimed at women. 8/10 written by women. Three have “girl” in the title. It’s an interesting challenge to go to a bookstore now, and try to find something that a straight white male would like that’s been written in the last 10 years. We used to at least be able to take refuge in science fiction/fantasy, but now that’s also been taken over by feminists and sjws.

      ack-acking

      February 24, 2020 at 12:29 PM

      • I agree with the point about games being immersive and telling good stories. Lion doesn’t seem to consider that because to him video games = online multiplayer. There are untold numbers of single-player adventure games out there, many of which have been immensely popular, which tell long, intricate, engrossing stories, but for some reason every time Lion tries to play video games he goes for one of these online multiplayer fast-twitch first-person shooters.

        Hermes

        February 24, 2020 at 12:47 PM

      • Well, I’ll be honest, there’s only a few games I like for the story. What I notice now is that more and more story-based games push things like gay romance options. MORE ROMANCE OPTIONS seems to be the cry of a certain sad little man that is active on gaming Subreddits.

        Some of the best games are capable of helping players tell their own stories. “Emergent gameplay.”

        My all-time favorite game is Crusader Kings II, which is on one level a strategy game and on another level, a game about telling the stories of the rise and fall of medieval houses. The people who make it (Paradox) seem to be cucked Swedes, but they love history more than they love SJW messages, so the game really just immerses you in the medieval lord’s worldview.

        Wency

        February 24, 2020 at 4:51 PM

  6. One of the msm’s main goals is propaganda. If someone isn’t aware enough to realize it then maybe they shouldn’t be watching it. I mean, do you think people should subject themselves to manipulation and indoctrination? The problem is that the people who don’t realize it don’t realize it. If someone thinks otherwise then they should watch these clips of the producers, writers, etc admitting it.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PrimetimePropaganda/videos

    Having said that, I watch a handful of shows myself. But I’m very observant with an ornery and suspicious nature that gives me some immunity. If anything, their attempts create an allergic reaction that pushes me the other way. If this weren’t true then I wouldn’t watch them either. But most people just want to be accepted and get along. They don’t really think about things. Not really. They just subconsciously accept whatever they think will get people to like them and avoid anything that won’t.

    destructure

    February 23, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    • That’s the thing about propaganda. Even people who think they see it often don’t see all of it. I’m continuously amazed by people who consider themselves conservative, who nonetheless enthusiastically endorse and enjoy some form of pop culture entertainment that clearly mocks or attacks conservative veiwpoints. I even knew a guy once who was going into the pastorate in a conservative church, and who watched Family Guy. At least at the time, there was possibly no more anti-conservative Christian show on television, and this guy just watched it, unselfconsciously and oblivious.

      Hermes

      February 23, 2020 at 11:53 PM

  7. why not avoid mainstream media as much as possible? why patronize mediums that disrespect you as an effete beta male loser?

    what are you missing? really?

    besides picard, other shows that i’m not seeing and don’t think i’m missing in the least but listened to youtube podcasts describing how leftist and asinine the shows are include:

    batwoman: 100lb ruby rose looks ridiculous in her big eared bat suit (that she never earned) and routinely beats up 250lb muscular bad guys while making dumb quips about the straight white male patriarchy.

    the watchmen: retcons and massacres everything that was great about the movie. the beneficent, omniscient black female (i.e. regina king) has arrived to save the world and educate dumb, racist white men.

    star trek discovery: retcons and massacres everything that was great about classic trek and TNG. the beneficent, omniscient black female (i.e. sonequa martin-green) has arrived to save the galaxy and educate dumb men (especially, but not limited to, dumb white men and dumb ‘trump like’ Klingons who now sport disgusting noses).

    “Unless your only want to consume entertainment from before the 1970s or something like that, I don’t see how you can avoid it.”

    wtf? I 100% reject your beta male inspired premise.

    seinfeld from the 90’s had some beta aspects (i.e. like how ellaine acted like a bitch to george who sheepishly took all her abuse like the beta male simp he was), but its tart new york jewish humor overshadowed whatever minor beta tendencies the show presented.

    shows from the 80s and the mid to late 70s that were still good included:
    the A team

    cheers

    dallas

    (original) battlestar galctica

    (original) magnum PI

    I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of other shows between the 90s and 70s, but my point still stands.

    really, who watches TV (especially traditional TV) anymore?

    https://adage.com/article/media/c3/316390

    http://informitv.com/2019/08/09/television-viewing-significant-but-in-decline/

    there are a lot of reasons for this decline including:

    viewers have more options. certain TV shows derogate their audience directly or indirectly. many such viewers have ‘voted with their feet’ by progressively abandoning a medium that no longer represents their tastes.

    instead of TV, I watch tons of youtube.

    I listen to a lot of podcasts (including converting videos to mp3s i can listen to on my phone/car).

    I listen to a lot of audible.

    if I (rarely) watch TV, it might possibly be (football, world soccer) or science/history shows. the only reason I still have cable is because my cable company gave me a great deal when I threatened to disconnect cable altogether last december.

    I don’t need to be voluntarily subjected to leftist driven abuse that is clearly trying to effeminize and emasculate society at large with the greater goal of having its citizenry being more naive and submissive regarding the Hobbesian Leviathan (aka in this case the Socialist State).

    wake up. take the red pill before it’s too late.

    anonymouse 1

    February 23, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    • If you think the Watchmen movie was great, you’re exhibit A in falling for left-wing propaganda.

      Hermes

      February 23, 2020 at 11:56 PM

      • I think we’re supposed to be horrified by Rorschach but he’s so badass, we can’t help but admire him.

        It’s kind of like how they say you can never make a true anti-war movie. Someone is always going to watch Apocalypse Now and think it’s mostly a flick about how badass war is, with the surfing while napalm drops and Flight of the Valkyries plays.

        Wency

        February 24, 2020 at 10:13 AM

      • Watchmen was kind of weird because while I never read the graphic novel, my understanding was that the movie tried to be faithful to the tone and message of the graphic novel, but wasn’t made until 20 years after the graphic novel, so said tone and message were dated. But what I got from it was that its creator was one of these liberals who was still hung up on Richard Nixon years after the fact, and thought the USA were the bad guys in the Cold War.

        Hermes

        February 24, 2020 at 12:37 PM

      • Also, Watchmen the graphic novel was famous for intentionally trying to subvert the superhero genre by portraying a morally ambiguous world with no clear-cut good guys or bad guys we’re all so used to by now.

        Hermes

        February 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM

      • The Watchmen movie was an excellent adaptation. The only main difference between the graphic novel and movie is that the alien attack is replaced by Doctor Manhattan going rogue. It’s also proof that the presidency matters more than all other high offices because of its lasting value, historical importance, cultural influence, and immense power. For example each period/decade becomes an individual president’s era like the Reagan era in the 1980s or the Clinton era in the 1990s. For good and bad they represent the period and the country both domestically and internationally. Watchmen’s interpretation of Richard Nixon was solid. He represented what America needed during a period of crisis, crime, drugs, war, and degeneracy.

        redarmyvodka

        February 24, 2020 at 2:54 PM

      • edward blake was a chad. dr. manhattan was a chad. however more than anything else, i thought rorschach subverted the liberal predilections of parts of the movie and despite its creator’s mindset.

        but you’re really missing the point…

        …the movie was infinitely superior to the watchmen tv series which is basically a lecture from a ‘magical negro’ about how bad white people are and about how all black people should be regarded as ‘magical negros’ who will save humanity.

        that was absolutely not an everpresent, major theme of the movie and is a major step up from conveying a general derision toward nixon/republican policy of the era.

        i don’t recall any major character in the movie who was a ‘magical negro,’ and even if they were there, the 2009 movie version of rorschach would have deservedly lampooned them.

        the castration of rorschach in the tv series is an abomination.

        anonymouse 1

        February 24, 2020 at 4:21 PM

      • I actually did read the graphic novel, one of the few I ever read. The movie was very faithful, and honestly the few plot tweaks it made were for the better.

        Moore was apparently hung up on Nixon. I actually rewatched Watchmen not too long ago with my wife, and the new insight I had afterwards was “Ho boy, we are going to be subjected to satire of Trump for a loooooong time.”

        But the geopolitical view I got out of Watchmen was more along the lines that the Soviets had a more defensive, less aggressive attitude than a lot of the more extreme Cold Warriors suggested at the time. That their paranoia was somewhat understandable. Call it the George F. Kennan view. Now, Kennan was surely wrong about some things, but history has been a lot kinder to his views than those of say, the Iraq-invading neocons.

        As for the moral world it suggested, I can see how it’s ultimately subversive. I mostly hate superhero movies though, so I’m OK with subverting them. Perhaps it’s a bad message for the kids, but I loved the plot device as a means of provoking thought and conversation. I guess to me the whole thing is an illustration of the emptiness and inhumanity of atheistic moral systems. I’ve hated utilitarianism since I first heard the word in high school, and here’s a movie about a smug narcissistic utilitarian, living alone with his cat, explaining how he did the math and decided to nuke humanity to save it.

        I guess Moore’s intended message is that Ozymandias isn’t really the villain, but I say he *is* the villain, you just have to work a little harder to get there than a normal movie would require.

        Wency

        February 24, 2020 at 4:23 PM

  8. For some people, the only morally correct choice is to cut off all TV and movies; just excise pop culture from their lives. If Hermes is doing that, good for him. But I actually enjoy Picard, as well as several other TV shows, but I don’t have a way of registering my “vote” if certain scenes and concepts I find abhorrent for one reason or another bring down the quality of those shows.

    I’ve certainly noticed in the case of Netflix that there must be a programming rule to have some mandatory gay characters and of course, gay make out scenes. Most recently I completed, ‘October Faction,’ an otherwise enjoyable monster killing show, but it of course has the mandatory gay character. In fact the only make out or sexual scenes involve the gay character. Apparently all of the straight characters live monastic lives.

    I wouldn’t even mind the random gay character if it actually served the purposes of the plot, but they don’t. It’s merely the template of every show, as if it’s “normal.” But guess what? It’s not.

    Mike Street Station

    February 23, 2020 at 7:53 PM

    • “For some people, the only morally correct choice is to cut off all TV and movie”

      For me, it’s not morality it’s the combination of boredom and irritation I get watching propaganda. Even old time propaganda annoys me. There may be propaganda I watch enjoy because I don’t notice the propaganda message, but once I see the messaging I’m through.

      For instance, I can barely get through my email inbox without some spammed ‘messaging’ from a college, a public agency or some supposed authority (lately National Geographic) pushing some propaganda messaging. Today I got a message from National Geographic imploring collective action to make STEM ‘available for all’ without any explanation of the underlying premise that it isn’t already available to all.

      Curle

      February 23, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    • Lion himself has written, correctly, about how the mass mainstream acceptance of homosexuality is the result of Hollywood propaganda… yet he still apparently has no problem with these shows.

      Hermes

      February 23, 2020 at 11:58 PM

  9. I haven’t posted any of my Chix ‘n’ Gunz videos in a while. Here’s a very quick one that went on You Tube just today, cute mature Sheila (we’ve seen her before) shoots a 3″ magnum turkey load from a 12-gauge. She handles this beast fairly well. I’ve shot some before, not too often as each shell is about $5, and they really get your attention!

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    February 23, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    • That turkey load has about 50 ft-lbs of recoil. That’s a lot.

      destructure

      February 24, 2020 at 1:11 AM

  10. A lot of 1970s shows are worse than today’s shows in terms of race propaganda. Rafi on Picard is annoying but at least she has flaws and is a fairly accurate depiction of a modern black woman with a chip on her shoulder. I feel justified in disliking her when I watch the show.Blacks in the 1970s are cartoon figures who we are supposed to root for. Even a “right wing” film like “Dirty Harry” makes the blacks essentially sympathetic and the villain is a white man. This sort of thing has a long long history.

    Peter Akuleyev

    February 23, 2020 at 11:28 PM

  11. https://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/Culture/unpleasanttruths.html

    “Pop culture is filth. It is now completely degenerate. Why do you never hear anyone humming a current pop song any more? Because none of them is hummable, or even worth bothering to remember. What is the main topic on TV sitcoms and “dramedies”? You know what. Why do you stand in the aisle in Blockbuster muttering to yourself: “There isn’t a single damn movie in here I want to watch”? Because Hollywood produces nothing but crap, crap, crap.”

    Oswald Spengler

    February 23, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    • National Review used to sell a coffee mug with Derb’s quote “pop culture is filth”. Sorry now I didn’t get one.

      I am working my way through “The Mentalist” on prime. Not bad, and not obnoxiously PC.

      Steverino@steverino.com

      February 24, 2020 at 10:12 PM

      • Yeah, and I always said that was a pretty empty quote considering Derb’s praise of Married With Children and Playboy magazine.

        Hermes

        February 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM

  12. Although TV dramas today are “dark” in a philosophical sense, one thing I didn’t expand on is that they are also “dark” literally. The entire look of the show is shrouded in darkness. My sense is that this started in the nineties. because after watching through Star Trek: TNG, I’ve been watching DS9, and the leap to a much darker look in DS9 was readily apparent. The X-Files was also a prominent early example of this, and it’s long been noticeable on the Law & Order shows. Trying to watch one of these shows, one can’t help but think “why doesn’t somebody turn some lights on?” But it’s not just dark scenery or a lack of lighting; it seems to be something about the cinematography itself, some filter or different type of camera, because even scenes shot outdoors in broad daylight have this muted, washed-out look, making them unusually gloomy. Of course, all this is intentional, as a means of furthering the nihilism, bleakness, and depravity of these shows.

    Hermes

    February 24, 2020 at 12:03 AM

  13. Why do you keep using the phrase “nerdy-ass” to refer to the people in Critical Role? Do they often refer to themselves that way in some kind of self-deprecating humor or something?

    Hermes

    February 24, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    • That’s what Matt Mercer says every episode when he’s introducing it. That’s the reason why it’s in quotes.

      In reality, the voice actors are a lot less nerdy than most of their fans.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2020 at 7:27 AM

  14. I don’t mind watching shows that have a political slant I disagree with, as long as it’s done well. For example I like the movie “9 to 5” even though the plot is pure grrrl power. But it seems new mainstream TV shows are as subtle as a sledgehammer (The federation is eeeeevil for turning away refugees!) and make everything bleak and depressing. It’s also really annoying that they do “reboots” of big, established franchises, which then completely break all the canon and worldbuilding of those franchises.

    ack-acking

    February 24, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    • “It’s also really annoying that they do “reboots” of big, established franchises, which then completely break all the canon and worldbuilding of those franchises.”

      This is a feature not a bug to the SJW types that run Hollywood and Madison Avenue today. It’s all about smashing the oppressive white male cishet patriarchy and erasing every vestige of traditional American culture. SJWs would demolish Mount Rushmore if they could get away with it.

      Oswald Spengler

      February 24, 2020 at 7:11 PM


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