Just so we’re all clear, “reality TV” stars are continually fed lines by writers standing just off-camera. If you don’t know this, you should, because they work hard and get zero credit for it. They call these writers “segment producers” to keep up the “reality” illusion, and so the production company won’t have to pay them WGA wages. Why even have writers? Why not just film everything, documentary-style, and use editing to create a narrative? Well, they do, to some extent, but that model isn’t reliable enough for a weekly show. Most documentary features film for months or even years in order to get enough usable footage to tell a coherent story without influencing it directly. The brass at TLC isn’t going to go for that. So, each week, the writers — sorry, segment producers — come up with a loose story and are on set to make sure everyone sounds witty, or cute, or catty enough to keep the viewers invested.
Anyway. Those DUCK DYNASTY guys sure are funny, aren’t they?
The Republican narrative does not change over fifty years. “Not one of us”, the UN as overlords, anti-Christian BS. Stirring up hate is their script.
Context: “Thousands of fliers accusing Kennedy of being a communist sympathizer were distributed in Dallas ahead of his visit.” 1963
The only thing that has changed is that Extremist Republicans have the Fox “News” network working 24/7 to spew their hatred and lies. And they have the Internet. 50 years ago, it just took longer to spread the hatred, since it had to be done on paper.
No, this is incorrect. While extreme rhetoric has always been part of the political process in this country, it has never led to the level of government impasse and dysfunction as it has in recent years. And that is the crucial difference; whilst voices from the extreme have been heard on both sides, never before have those voices taken control of the political process to such an extent.
There are multiple reasons for this, but let’s be clear — what we live in today is not “business as usual,” and the danger in believing so is enormous.
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In response to my Ms. Male Character video someone made this clever image illustrating what “female as default” might look like. Because we live in a strongly male-identified society the idea of Pac-Woman as the “unmarked” default and Mr. Pac-Woman as the deviation “marked” with masculinizing gender signifiers feels strange and downright absurd. While Pac-man and the deviation Ms. Pac-Man seems completely normal in our current cultural context.