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Pop culture matters

Politics doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

The powers-that-be knew what they were doing in using the entertainment media to shape opinions, tastes, and feelings. It started many decades ago, and it is certainly evident especially around World War II in Hollywood movies. However, it really went into high gear during the 1950s into the 1960s, after which entertainment became mostly propaganda.

I realize some think that entertainment is merely an innocent way for people to pass their leisure time, and that ”people know the difference between reality and entertainment — but do they? I don’t think so. Something seems to put most people’s logical brains to sleep when they are viewing a movie or TV, listening to music, or watching sports.

Changing people’s attitudes and shaping their tastes into something acceptable to the Powers That Be seems to happen while people are lulled into a passive, receptive state.

So yes, pop culture does matter. It isn’t all about politics, ”isms”, ideologies, and elections.

All our discussions about how and why our civilization was subverted and our country so politically corrected can be resolved by reading some of the comments at Steve Sailer’s blog on Prince’s death.

‘The mid-80s might have been the peak of interracial optimism in the US. There was a general optimism with Reagan’s “Morning in America” reelection campaign, the economic boom, the LA Olympics, the renovation of the Statue of Liberty, and the afterglow of America’s first victorious war in ~40 years. On top of that, blacks and whites both listened to Prince and Michael Jackson, both watched The Cosby Show, watched Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as friendly NBA competitors, etc.’

Anybody notice what I see here? The fact that black and white tastes seemed to converge in the 80s does not say that blacks had begun to assimilate; rather it shows that Whites assimilated to black culture. It’s we who were assimilated and absorbed. The state of things in the 80s is not something to be celebrated, but it was a fulfillment of the prophecies of the older generations in the South during the days of the Civil Rights coup: they said that “integration” of the races would lead to our children becoming more like blacks culturally, and our race adopting black social mores. Enough said.

Even the hard-core ”bigots” on some alt-right blogs praised Prince. Even ‘conservatives’ found little to complain about in Prince’s lewd lyrics.

One commenter on Sailer’s blog acknowledges the raunchiness of Prince’s lyrics and persona.

“You leave out of the Prince being out of line with trends argument what is to me Prince’s defining characteristic, aside from being a hometown hero and the Other Michael Jackson: his raunchiness. There is a perpetual arms race in pop music to be more sexually suggestive, or outright explicit. I can’t put into words what it means to be a ten year old watching Prince videos, with endless busty beauties writhing on him, fingers stroking flower petals, assless pants, etc. I was traumatized by his performance of “Get Off” live on MTV, with its simulated homoeroticism.

Madonna probably won, but Prince was the premier male “Do it!” rocker of his day. Tipper Gore certainly thought so.

By the way, he did this while also pumping out hits and appealing to a wide audience.”

Would Prince, or Michael Jackson for that matter, have appealed to a ‘wide’ (mostly White) audience a few decades earlier?

Pop culture does matter. It is the prime vehicle for social engineering in our day.

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5 thoughts on “Pop culture matters

  1. Important point that Whites assimilated to Black culture both in music and in social behavior. This includes so many Whites not trying at school and slipping into single parenthood. Also that the older generation in the South saw this coming.

    The TV screen lets the powers that be send their message in a way that verbal correction can’t fix. This is true in their advertisements as well. The box is bad especially at an impressionable age, which is anything under 40.

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    • OA – you make a good point about how the visual messages used so effectively by the media can’t be countered by mere words, no matter how well-chosen. Maybe only visual messages of our own might stand a chance of offering an effective response, but we don’t own the media or even have access to it except for the blogosphere.
      It would seem that reality would be an effective rebuttal to the media’s lying images but it seems it doesn’t.

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  2. I’ve noticed this sort of rose-colored reminiscence of the Reagan years, too, at various blogs. Not merely the sense that it was a “new morning” after the Carter years, but that it was some sort of highwater mark for racial conciliation and convergence. I could not disagree more. For me, raised as a knee-jerk liberal, the ’80s were the decade I began to recognize and acknowledge that reality was not what I had been taught it was, that the races were irredeemably different, and that America was seriously broken. The only thing that changed was my perspective – there was no great public racial optimism. What there was, though, was a new sort of pep-talk for the “educated Negro,” and those I now recognize as cuckservatives were cooing over “The Cosby Show” when I still didn’t watch television. So I’d say it was a new morning for the cucks – and, of course, it was when the neocohen takeover of Conservatism, Inc. really took place.

    Also, thank you for your posts about this adoration of various pop stars, even on blogs where I hadn’t expected to find it. I can say, in all honesty, I never liked Prince or considered his music or excessively sexual persona in any way appealing. Yes, I do have Bowie’s “Suffragette City” on my music playlist for the gym – it has a good beat and college friends covered it in their band. But his andogynous persona and miscegenation are hardly to be glossed over, let alone praised. Whatever happened to the purported conservative belief of “Shut up and sing”?

    Just because I don’t feel the need to publicly disagree with every small point on anyone’s blog doesn’t mean I concur; I merely decide to remain silent. Yet so many others seem to feel the need to find some aspect of their host’s belief to agree with and amplify. I’m no one’s echo chamber.

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    • Sheila – my reply to your comment just disappeared so I will offer a less wordy response this time.
      I agree about your decision not to write out a reply disagreeing with bloggers or fellow commenters. Sometimes it’s futile and if people feel very strongly they can take it amiss when someone (a lone comment, especially) dissents from the consensus.
      Americans for better or worse don’t like to be alone in their opinions. People feel more comfortable giving an ‘amen’ to a majority opinion than being that one lone dissenter, a voice in the wilderness. Heck I don’t even like that role myself, though I am pretty independent-minded.
      There is a certain amount of amen-saying on a lot of blogs and as you said echoing the blogger’s opinions. I won’t disagree just to be disagreeing nor will I agree for that reason either.
      It’s surprising sometimes how people seem to adapt their opinions to the majority or to the person they admire.

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      • Reading through the original blog post to find something to praise helps avoid the embarrassment of writing your comment before you finished reading their post and saying something they already said.

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