Comments: New Tomdispatch

That's a very interesting article.

...The centrist and even liberal media are as busy as conservatives propagating the idea that, to be one of the average, ordinary Americans, you have to prize (white) working-class values considered "Republican turf" since the late 1960s: individualism, self-reliance, hard work for "modest" (which means stagnant or falling) wages, faith, and a patriotism so strong that it will never surrender.

The American Everyman, the hero of this year's media story, is an underpaid worker who may very well vote Republican against his or her own economic interests, and all too often against the interests of loved ones who hope to come home alive from Iraq or Afghanistan.


For the foreseeable future, debates about cultural values are going to be played out fiercely on the symbolic terrain of war and national security issues.


What can be done to change this picture? Facts and logic are rarely enough, in themselves, to persuade people to give up the values narratives that have framed their lives. They'll abandon one narrative only when another comes along that is more satisfying....

The article does seem to skimp on the role of media in many ways though -- you get the reality that media presents. It appears to say that the media is an impartial observer in this.

The other day I was watching CNN. There was a promo about liberty and freedom, and the tagline was about the monks being Buddha's Warriors. (Which made me chuckle thinking about the blame China Bernard post.)

I thought, really? Is that CNN trying to be ironic, or are we so steeped in war and warrior culture that Buddhist monks are Americanized into warriors and western values of liberty? To what goal?

Oh, but there's a lot here that media bears responsibility for.

Posted by Labiche at July 30, 2008 05:52 PM

Labiche: Its American television, they meant WARRIORS.

Posted by Mike Meyer at July 30, 2008 09:42 PM

Mr. Schwarz, I can't imagine who your shrink is, but please call him or her right away. You are obviously in no condition to be at large in the US.

Posted by JoAnne at August 4, 2008 06:51 PM