Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Religion, politics, and media

  • Religion:
    • The myth of the big, bad Catholic Church forcing the Byzantines to latinize. Gabriel Sanchez back to doing good work for the church.
    • What soured me on ultramontanism: in the '80s, well-meaning conservative Catholics were dragged into the liberals' Protestantizing agenda for obedience's sake, while the local Episcopalians, not even in the church, kept Catholic beliefs and practices thanks to their congregationalism. Similar with the Orthodox; traditional thanks to not being ultramontanist. I'm Catholic without apology but I learned from this.
    • Home devotion is a free-for-all. Rite sometimes barely puts a lid on anarchy. It's fun being functionally biritual; in church I worship in the Byzantine Rite 1/4 of the time. (I'm not against the latinized but with the church I don't push latinizations.) My native religion is Latin Christianity in that language and Anglican English, but, knowing what I know, grace before dinner for example can well be in Slavonic.
    • Bad religion. "The 'professional' lives of 'youth' is mentioned first. A totally natural approach for a false horizontal Christianity that no longer believes in Hell." This made me realize that even though the liberal campus ministry at my "Catholic" college would have hated Joel Osteen's guts, they weren't that different in this regard, but they gave lip service to liberation theology, etc., as something to assuage the yuppie wannabes' consciences. Do volunteer work/be a voluntourist for a year (gap year, a rich kids' thing) and vote Democratic all your life, and you too can have it all including heaven!
    • Eucharistic prayer in the 21st century. I'm not sure this is heretical. As we've seen with different traditional rites and now with the Novus Ordo, the church can write different and new services. (That doesn't necessarily mean it should write anew.) But no experimentation; dangerous. NCR wants heresy so there you go. Plus, frankly, when I read this I see a pathetic, desperate boomer or older priest putting on a Star Wars Mass and the millennial Comic Con-goers laughing at him and still not going to church. I understand the Episcopalians have a Star Wars-like Eucharistic prayer written 40 years ago that's often laughed about.
    • Do I understand this rightly? Kids in Western countries are being given anti-Christian indoctrination in college but Pope Francis thinks Catholic youth's main problem is "rigid" orthodoxy?
  • Politics:
  • Media:
    • The questionable ethics of computer animating dead actors. Kathy Shaidle also makes an interesting point about "Star Trek" vs. Star Wars fans. The first Star Wars is better art in my opinion (the best of old adventure movies, an intelligent philosophy, and boffo special effects vs. a rehash of 1960s America good and bad, a liberal sermon) but maybe Trekkers have more real-world success.
    • Culture is downstream from politics: TV shows adapting to Trump era. In which Face to Face explains "All in the Family" and "Family Ties."
      Archie Bunker arrived to television a full two years after Nixon's first inauguration. A key demographic in the Nixon coalition was working-class whites who were sick of the excesses of the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, whether these were rural Southern whites or urban white ethnics.

      In 1968, both groups had been loyalist Democrats for generations, but the influx of the Civil Rights movement antagonized them enough to defect at least temporarily (for white ethnics) or permanently (for white Southerners).

      The Democrats were apoplectic that such large chunks of their New Deal coalition had been so effortlessly poached by the GOP. It couldn't be because the Great Society policies were failures — it was because... uh, well, let's explore who these Nixon voters are in sit-com format, contrasting them with their liberal Democrat children. Maybe by portraying them halfway sympathetically and "feeling their pain," we can bring some of them back into the fold.

      Another show in the vein of "All in the Family" was "Family Ties," wherein liberal Jewish media executives tried to explore the nascent conservative and yuppie phenomena, as the liberal Boomer parents struggle to understand their
      über-Republican son Alex Keaton. Nixon did not run as a conservative, but as a pragmatist, law-and-order, liberal-moderate. Reagan's landslide was even more unforeseen to Democrats in the media than was Nixon's, and provoked greater panic to figure out what went wrong.

      "Family Ties" debuted nearly two years after Reagan defeated an incumbent Democrat, again showing that culture follows politics and economics. The producers hoped to pull the Alex Keatons at least halfway toward the liberal Boomer generation...
      The producers also tried to do this by bowdlerizing "conservatism" into "plays the stock market" for boys and "shops at the mall" for girls but otherwise being on board with the Sixties. And/or the über-Republicans (such as the neocons, really liberals) did that themselves.


  1. I think the Star Wars franchise has run its course. George Lucas is no longer involved with it--he sold it off. Enough already!

    Donald Trump is a social liberal, or at least was one not that long ago.

  2. This is worth 30 minutes of your time. Carroll O'Connor's last interview, on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo. A Golden Era Catholic. https://youtu.be/3XMVQ7kRu_k


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