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Tribune Content Agency LLC, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/9/2014 7:55:52 AM

In the film Obvious Child, Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: “You are going to kill it out there!” Donna replies: “I actually have an appointment to do that tomorrow.” Donna’s talking about her abortion appointment. Get it? It’s funny because it’s true. Or if you’re like me, you think it’s not funny because it’s true. Many critics think it’s funny. One dubbed it “far and away the most winning abortion-themed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Newtsche, 7/9/2014 8:23:17 AM     (No. 9916390)

"Good stories must align with reality and a sense of justice."

OK but who claims the moral high ground as they constantly lecture about fairness and social justice? Is Dinesh D´Souza going to set them straight? Ask Costco and the vast majority of simpering movie critics.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 7/9/2014 9:18:23 AM     (No. 9916490)


A poster on the linked article bemoans the fact that "Conservatives don´t seem to be interested in modern art, modern music, modern dance, modern architecture, or poetry--except to denounce them. They´re far more interested in wealth and personal heroism, especially the military virtues."

This is a really bizarre statement that betrays worldview of the modern "liberal arts" education. This culture is one that is easy to acquire, as it is shallow, hip, and requires no math, physics or chemistry. Simply, this is the easy path that one takes to pretend to be educated. It has been decades since the classic "liberal education" required any serious study of the real world, hence the ease with which the "global warming" scam has been perpetrated.

The irony is that the great thinkers of the past, universally revered, were scientists, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, astronomers, biologists. In fact the modern left now reviles such pursuits in favor of soft subjects of no real use to anyone. See journalism, womens studies, counseling, etc.

What is a real tragedy is what has happened to the arts in the hands of these people. They have all been degraded and polluted to the lowest common denominator. No wonder that they feel ignored by people living in the real world trying to deal with real life. They must feel terribly inadequate, knowing that if it were left to them, we would all starve to death in short order.

Sadly, for them, somebody has to be serious about life and produce something. They certainly don´t.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: joew9, 7/9/2014 9:37:10 AM     (No. 9916510)

Always read Jonah. Lucianne(our fearless leader) trained him well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/9/2014 10:13:22 AM     (No. 9916585)

Am I being overly imaginative, or was Jonah subtly making a funny when he carefully noted that the producer´s surname is Robespierre? (And one wonders whether this is the name she was born with, or whether it is a nom de guerre, so to speak.)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bluefindad, 7/9/2014 10:45:04 AM     (No. 9916658)

There are only three main themes that are formulas for success in movie making. All of them are fundamentally conservative.

1) Redemption - A transformation of a confused or low-life character to a person of virtue. Scrooge is the archetype. Almost all love stories fall into this category, particularly romantic comedies.

2) Triumph of good over evil

3) Frankenstein - Man creates something that he shouldn´t that destroys him


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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 7/9/2014 11:14:33 AM     (No. 9916710)

A must read from Jonah.

"One of my biggest complaints about contemporary conservatism — in and out of politics — is that it has lost sight of the importance of storytelling."

Bingo. To succeed, conservatives must communicate their message. Overlooking the power of entertainment media has been a big mistake.

The success of FNC supports Jonah´s contention that the demand is there. Where are the conservative media moguls to fill it?

It has been time for a conservative (not religious, but conservative - while there is overlap, there´s a difference) broadcast network. In lieu of that, an internet streaming network would be a start.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jglas, 7/9/2014 11:20:58 AM     (No. 9916725)

Respect goes to those who do hard things exactly because they´re hard and the desire is to do easier things. It´s hard to be a conservative, constrained by a strict set of morals and ethics and expected to succeed or die trying. It´s easy to be a liberal where anything goes and you´re expected only to go with the flow (though doing so requires rejecting conservative thought). This country still leans to the conservative side. The people who came here craved respect and were willing to do the hard things to get it. That ethic still pervades the population and is embodied in the constitution though it is being diluted now faster than it ever has before. The constitution is a very conservative document. Will it become too hard for this country to live up to it?

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