||[Oct. 6th, 2010|08:27 pm]
http://www.slate.com/id/2270046/Elsejournal, I've seen this link posted: |
If the dominant tone of conservatives is shrill, the dominant tone of liberals is saracastic. The philosophical position of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, expressed in body language, would be a raised fist and a clenched jaw. The philosophical position of Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher would be a raised eyebrow and a wrinkled nose. Angry coverage on Fox News has become the standard bearer of the right. Irony and mockery on Comedy Central have become the standard bearer of the left.
Now, on one side, you have two people who are widely viewed as standard bearers for a party. On the other side, you have two comedians. One one side, you have a news channel. On the other, a comedy channel.
One one side of the political divide, you have "death panels!" and "ground zero mosque!" and "socialism!" tacitly approved and supported at the very top. On the other side, you have contempt and sarcasm.
So, when the article then says "If marriage research were a guide to politics, we could say that the scripts of the right and the left do us all harm—and that the left may be doing more harm to the relationship than the right," I get a bit ticked.
See, the leadership of one side promotes (or, at least, cheerfully profits by) lies and anger. And some comedians poke fun at them for it, but that means that the left - not the comedians! - are doing damage to the country.
Comments off, because I'm not in a mood that permits rational discussion of this.
(NB: Not angry at anyone - just not in a mood that permits rational discussion. I hope the distinction is clear.)