Friday, April 28, 2017

watching movies and TV after taking the red pill

One of the problems with becoming “red-pilled” is that a lot of simple pleasures become less simple. Steve Sailer always talks about noticing things, and once you start noticing things you can’t stop.

Popular culture becomes a real problem. Even the popular culture of the past can be perplexing. I love old movies but these days I can’t help noticing just how much propaganda Hollywood has always included in its movies. Back in the 30s and 40s and 50s the propaganda had to be subtle, they couldn’t risk showing their hand too obviously, but the messages are there and they’re insistent.

There is for example a subtle anti-marriage bias. The message is always that love is what matters, not commitment or responsibility. And it’s always pretty obvious that in this context love means pure sexual lust and/or abandonment to emotional excess. OK so we’d all like our marriages to include amazing heights of sexual passion and non-stop emotional bliss but we realise that in the real world it doesn’t always work that way. On the other hand commitment and responsibility can make for a relationship that is a lot more fulfilling in the long term. In a cautious low-key way the Hollywood movies of that era keep on undermining the commitment and responsibility bits. They couldn’t dare to attack marriage directly but there is quite a bit of undermining going on.

There’s an astonishing amount of anti-Christian propaganda, done very skillfully and very subtly indeed. Devout Christians are usually portrayed as being slightly ridiculous, or excessively moralistic, or (especially) hypocritical. Actually conforming to the teachings of Christianity is made to seem out-of-date and eccentric. For the most part the heroes we are encouraged to identify with are solidly secular.

Hollywood has always been basically hostile to western society and to Christian values although they used to be better at hiding the fact.

I’m also very fond of old TV shows, from the 50s up to the 70s. And again there’s a great deal of mostly low-key propaganda. If you watch British television from that era you’ll be hard pressed to find a single example of a sympathetic portrayal of a practising Christian. The message, never stated directly but always there, is that normal people are secular in outlook. Christians are odd.

The propaganda in American television in the 60s was often remarkably up-front. Anyone who’s ever watched Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone will have noticed that they’re being subjected to an endless barrage of liberal propaganda. Serling used television as a soapbox, and he used it relentlessly. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenbery was another liberal who saw television as a means of pushing his agenda, although he was rarely as crude about it as Serling.

And of course there are the action heroines, the feminine and often petite ladies who can easily beat up bad guys twice their size. Feminist silliness has been preached tirelessly by television for sixty years now.

These are examples of message television that are fairly obvious but the same messages, in more muted firms, are present in countless series.

This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to enjoy movies and television of the past. It is impossible to enjoy the movies and TV of today so the old stuff is really the only option. It can be enjoyed but you’ll still find yourself doing a lot of noticing. I blog about both old movies (at Classic Movie Ramblings) and old TV series (at Cult TV Lounge) and I try to concentrate on the positives and in those blogs I also try to avoid getting overtly political, although I do throw in some very low-key political observations. It’s quite an interesting challenge, trying not to frighten off readers who aren’t red-pilled.

5 comments:

  1. Go back even further and Hollywood hated Americans all through. The 'Cowboy' films leave one gasping. Every small town had one decent, honourable chap with courage and a moral standard. He was up against an evil Mine boss/Ranch owner/ Mayor, who had an evil forman who would kill any poor sod on command (and often off his own bat) and an entire small army of killer ranch-hands/miners who did not mind dying for the Boss, but only after jeering and taunting the one decent man. One vs 10-30 was usual. The 'also rans' ran as a pack and were uniformly cowards be they shopkeepers, saloon drinkers or the 'man on the street. (The Undertaker was an exception only that he never ran away). 30-75 of them. What a depiction !!

    And the saloon were an eye opener. The major industry in small towns must have been furniture making/repair. Fights broke out at the drop of a word. Everyone and his dog joined in. Many were killed before they could finish their drinks. And how the dregs could drink beggars belief. A small 'shot' of whisky cost a dollar. That's about $75 in todays money. They cannnot get away with that in Kings Cross !

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  2. I'd say the old Hollywood films portrayed Christians very sympathetically - think of The Song of Bernadette. I think it has changed alarmingly since the 1950s. I don't think an emphasis on love and romance is anti marriage or Shakespeare would be guilty too. And every poet and playwright.

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  3. Great minds. Just had one coming up on this. Shall start with yours.

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  4. Even as a teenager I had trouble stomaching Twilight Zone's suffocating Leftism but I always assumed it was the producer and writers who promulgated it. I thought Serling was just the narrator.

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    1. Serling was the creator, producer and principal scriptwriter. The entire show was his baby, and the tedious liberal brow-beating was all down to him. The best episodes were the minority of scripts that Serling didn't write (the ones written by Richard Matheson are particularly good).

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