October 01, 2007


I've been following the Hollywood debate articles between Ehrenstein and Breitbart. Breitbart's last hurrah:

I would argue the entertainment industry does matter ó because it is the way we send out the message to the world that we take our freedoms seriously. And with freedom comes deep responsibility and I don't think Hollywood quite gets that.


For one it's our second largest export behind aero-space. Surely if China has a responsibility not to send us toxic toys, we have a responsibility not to send them toxic entertainment.

Heh. Indeed.

When I read Ehrenstein's submission on Day 2, I had to read the beginning twice, and then out loud to my husband, just to make sure I was actually seeing straight.

A fortiori I'm not so sure about the "love my country" bit as I'm markedly disenchanted with the entire concept of all nation-states. Move an inch beyond language and culture and their meaning and purpose almost invariably mirrors that of the Crips and the Bloods.

I don't know how you can debate any details of our national image with someone who doesn't believe there should even be countries. This goes back to the idea of common ground. Lileks, in one of those Bleats I return to often:

My point? Simple: we live in an era of non-contiguous information streams. I believe one thing; someone else believes another Ė and the bedrock assumptions are utterly contradictory. This is what drives me nuts about discussing current events with some people. Itís like discussing the Apollo program with people who think it was all faked, or discussing archeology with those who believe the world is six thousand years old. I think the Iraq Campaign was part of a broad war against Islamicist fascism and the states that enable it; others think itís all about oil and Halliburton jerking the strings of a Jeebus puppet. No. Middle. Ground.

We can debate Hollywood's message and we can debate whether she projects a favorable image of the US around the world, but if we can't even agree on the validity of the concept of the nation-state, well, what's the point of debating anything after that?

Posted by Sarah at October 1, 2007 08:44 AM | TrackBack

Sure, he doesn't love his country now. Just wait until he gets kidnapped by irritated PMSing male jihadis or Columbian drug lords pissed off that their net earnings have dropped and looking for additional revenue.

THEN they suddenly become Americans through and through. You know, when they need the Marines to rescue them.

I wish these people would go get their own "no-country", where they can talk about how all the third world is better and commiserate about the money they used to spend on the military industrial complex.

Then we can watch to see how long it takes for them to get invaded and taken over. Or, conversely, how long it takes until they hire Executive Outcomes to guard their "no-country".

Posted by: airforcewife at October 1, 2007 09:12 AM

this is TOO much fun.

Just wait until he gets kidnapped by irritated PMSing male jihadis or Columbian drug lords ...



unplug your TV - it has Ruined. Your. Brain.


Posted by: oldphort at October 3, 2007 05:02 PM