I was puzzled by your previous position regarding Conan, hoi.
I appreciate your candor. Yes, I usually suspect everyone in the media - after all, if they are a success they are probably a sell-out. Acting is whoring. But when someone - anyone
- shows an audience just how scripted our propaganda
media is, even in a light entertaining way, I can't help but wonder what the motivation is. After all, that is what I imagine Simon or I would try to do if we were in his position: put together obvious showcases of the problem with media concentration.
I guess we wouldn't be allowed to go into it very deeply though, either. And it would remain on light subjects like the "easter bunny" and gay marriage.
And until the culture in the media changes, nobody will be allowed to bring up these things. If Conan's masters are working to change that culture, even slightly, I don't see it as an all bad thing. Not at all.
Call me naive or overly socialized but I tend not to believe anyone (in the media or otherwise) is purely evil. I think the people behind this nonsense are caught up in a whirlwind, a culture which misuses their power on bullshit and propaganda. A whirlwind they allow themselves to be used for because they have no vision and no imagination for the positive world that is possible if they had courage. Call me naive, if you must, but I think if they could escape their culture of cynicism they might make the world a better place and throw off the shackles of their masters. Or better yet, replace their masters and undo the structure of unnecessary authoritarian violence from inside, rather than being seduced into its folds.
I tell you this much: aside from my occasional wondering about a movie, a franchise or a celebrity on this site, I am a die-hard optimist in my private life. Which is why I am so hard on the people I see as the most spectacular failures of humanity: Alex Jones, Michael Moore, doom-ers, the crew behind "Equinox" and "Brian S Stavely" and other defeatist sims, and so on -- and why I am so hard on myself.
Of course there's a difference between being open minded and letting your brain fall out of your skull, but we've already seen how an association does not necessarily mean a close and meaningful connection. I am not going to blame Bush for being a Yale graduate, I'm going to call him out for being a fucking piece of scum. People have done great things while attached to or under the name of a terribly corrupt organization. Dcopymope, for instance, is a proud, professed Christian - which I find kind of revolting - but he also happens to be an excellent researcher sometimes. Life is a very mixed bag."All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
- Hollywood Action-movie Gandalf which would make Tolkien sick to his stomach