Why, one wonders, does Jon Stewart’s contempt focus on newsmen to the exclusion of the news makers? Why do Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson deserve scorn and humiliation, but not the leaders they follow lockstep on the left and right? Might it be because they offer easier and more tempting targets to Stewart, while taking aim at actual leaders might dry up his guest pool?
There’s no doubt that Mad Men is well crafted: the writing is sharp, the ensemble cast well-chosen and skilled. Unfortunately—and this might have something to do with its struggle to gain market share—the show is also dull, poorly paced, and manifestly lacking a clear narrative. Identifying its failures points to a trend in television post-Sopranos, and the not unalloyed good impact David Chase’s mobster epic has had on the hourly serial format.
Having exhausted bluster, jingoism, personal attacks, incessant accusations of media bias and outright dishonesty, the appeal to history seems to be the only arrow left in the neoconservative quiver. Yet given how poorly people comprehend current events, is it hard to believe that history won’t be that cruel to George W. Bush?
We had taken shelter in the broken wreckage of a ruined McMansion for the night—Me, Okie Pete and Skinny Bill Cox. Us three had taken up with each other back in Appaloosa after the bulls had busted up the Obamaville we’d set up and sent us packing. We were going West—heard there was still work out there for boys with knowledge of complex financial derivatives. Heard the same about Appaloosa too for that matter, but all I’d found was hard luck.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Andrew Stiles
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Kathlyn Ehl