“For years, as a conservative radio talk show host, I played a role in [conditioning] by hammering the mainstream media for its bias and double standards. But the price turned out to be far higher than I imagined. The cumulative effect of the attacks was to delegitimize those outlets and essentially destroy much of the right’s immunity to false information. We thought we were creating a savvier, more skeptical audience. Instead, we opened the door for President Trump, who found an audience that could be easily misled.”
-Charles J. Sykes, Conservative editor of Right Wisconsin Continue reading →
You hear from time to time about liberal Hollywood. Hollywood is full of liberals. Hollywood’s liberal agenda. Holly-weird. Hell-i-wood. This year we saw campaign ads featuring famous actors telling us to save the world by voting (obviously for Hillary Clinton). At the Golden Globes Meryl Streep, well, if you saw it you saw it. This may be the most liberal we’ve seen Hollywood in a long time (and maybe ever), but this isn’t Hollywood lashing out as a world of liberals so much as it is Hollywood lashing out as an enemy of Donald Trump. And this time they see someone they can’t help but recognize: A rich celebrity with less political experience than most politicians. Continue reading →
By the time Barack Obama was about to be elected, I had just enrolled in a Master’s program in English, having grown up around conservatives and now surrounded by liberals. I had a respect for both Republicans and Democrats and their differing perspectives, but didn’t feel like either one. I’ll never forget the emerging polarization as Obama was elected: the celebration and the grief. Obama’s presidency is the first I witnessed since coming to a political maturity. Under his presidency, and my college education, I learned the depth and complexity of American politics and culture. Continue reading →
Marvel’s Luke Cageon Netflix is not your typical comics-to-screen project. It contains heavier amounts of profanity (including the first Marvel use of the “n word”). It takes place in Harlem. It gets heavily political, rather than merely nodding to current events. And it feels very real.