Pop Culture: Conservatives vs. Libertarians
Sex and the City degrades women, Brokeback Mountain is an abomination before God, and lets not even get started on the moral implications of Showgirls. Thinking these things are filth is one thing, but imposing legislation on them is another—and this, in a nutshell, is the traditional difference between conservatives and libertarians.
Beyond the quibbles with government regulation, though, what is the actual merit in portraying things like the modern hook-up culture, porn, homosexuality,or teen pregnancy on screen and in other artistic venues? And, if we embrace the juicy bits of modern pop culture as mere creative expression, will the backwater of society infiltrate our homes, poison the minds of our children, and destroy the world,one soft-porn Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist scene at a time?
We’ll leave these questions and others to our hardy panelists, Kelly Jane Torrence, film ciritic and Art’s entertainment writer for the Washington Times, Phil Terzian, literary editor for the Weekly Standard and James Bowman, film critic for the New York Sun and the American Spectator and Ross Douthat, senior editor at The Atlantic. Jillian Bandes will moderate.
This Roundtable will take place October 14th at The Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Avenue NW). Drinks at 6:30; panel begins at 7pm.
Roundtables are free for AFF members and $5 for non-members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.