The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Character for Sale

Two of the past 4 movies I've rented were about men of character. Athletes that had internal strength that matched their physical prowess. Since I'm always on the lookout for irony, conundrum, and paradox, this presented an interesting opportunity.

Coach Carter and Cinderella Man glorify men with values and principles that used to be common in this country. Values and principles that Hollywood ridicules and undermines at almost every chance. Hollywood dispises honor, virtue and loyalty. Hollywood is corrupt. So corrupt that they will glorify values they personally scorn in order to make money.

On the screen they sell imitation character, they sell a product they don't actually believe in. They have values, but their values won't generate nearly as much revenue. People aren't inspired by selfishness. The road to glory is service and sacrifice.

It's too bad they don't learn anything from the parts they play. To them, virtue, honor and loyalty are just play acting. It's only skin deep. It comes off with the make-up as soon as the filming is over. Then it's back to the easy lie, the backstabbing deal, and the self-indulgent schedule.

This is not to say that there are no virtuous people in entertainment, but it sure feels that way sometimes.


Blogger right around here said...

Whatever happened to the Charlton Hestons' and John Waynes' of Follywood. Those guys wouldn't take a role that demeaned what they believed.

Character to them was an internal issue not a money-making expedient.

Good post, Mike.

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