Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Brink and The Pump


Really want an excellent critique of US Media and the lack of humanity that TV instills during times of crisis (or any other for that matter)?

Then watch this scathing rebuke from Jon Stewart at Truthdig.

12 comments:

chrisjag said...

Very funny. Thank goodness for Jon! Seems like this critique of American culture is everywhere: NYTimes, Larsen, Blogs, and many others you have mentioned - makes me happy. Makes me glad to be a teacher where I feel I have a little influence.

highlowbetween said...

it sad in a way though that a comdey show is our only source of self criticsm withhin mainstream and commercial media. But yes, thank god we have him and colbert.
Wake those kids up!

cjr said...

Stewart's going to be doing shows at 8, 10, and midnite in the liberal internment camp. Can't wait!

Lisa Hunter said...

The piece on "pain at the pump" deserves to be elevated to video art. A very telling piece on inhumanity.

highlowbetween said...

L-It is better than almost ALL the political art I've seen in the last 6 months. Tragically

fisher6000 said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.

...I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I can hear the pump screaming...

(I'm sensitive, I know.)

cjr said...

I liked the Daily Show piece too. The "pain at the pump" notion is a close fellow with what I like to call the "American Idol Factor." After 9/11 the instructions from the government were essentially "Go to the mall." Since then Bushco has only rarely pre-empted our favorite programming and otherwise has done a great job of not stepping between us and our cherished opiates. If the Quagmire in Iraq were cutting into American Idol or CSI, we might have protestors in the streets (since movements are always about Where The Excitement Is). But yeah, if we're going to feel the Israel-Lebanon War, it's going to be at the pumps.

Now, I live in the Boston metro area and take the subway to work. I suspect that a lot of High Low readers are New Yorkers who hoof it to the train each day. But there are a lot of people out there who are going to feel the pain at the pump, and it's going to be more than a mere inconvenience. My dad drove 100 miles a day round trip for over 30 years to get to work. A lot of people do that. So . . . while I can't help but hosanna Stewart's political art (and that IS what it is), I have to also keep in mind that it's not all Humvee Whores filling up at the Hess station each day. This is going to hurt workers. My fear is that Bushco's friends are focused on getting the public accustomed to $3+ prices, the way they got the public used to $1+ and $2+ a gallon.

Side note: I've enjoyed the comments here and the participation, and look forward to sticking around.

highlowbetween said...

CJR- yes most of us don't get pump pain but we are more likely to be blown up on any given day on the morning commute. Something I get ever more mindful of as this mess in the Midlle East broadens and worsens.
To add to your astute obeseravtion about working people being crushed by this - the gas station owners are part of that equation as well. I've seen several stories of their struggle to pay the bills. Its hard to imagine how people are gonna sustain themselves on $5-$7/hour jobs. The great irony in all of this is the Iraq war was initiated to drive oil back down to $20 a barrel - further proving that history is never like the intentions that strive to forge it

cjr said...

HighLow,
You're totally wrong about our odds of getting blown up. The threat of terrorism is far greater in the heartland, in places like Fucktard, Kansas and Asshat, Texas. Isn't that why guys from those places are always running the show?

highlowbetween said...

I'll say this the WORST Presidents seem to come TX. LBJ,HW, and GW

fisher6000 said...

As a westerner, I have to jump in here and say that Ann Richards is a badass, and if she became president she would wipe the floor with her Texan colleagues.

Oh, and the GB's are not texans. That's all affect.

highlowbetween said...

I know I know - their CT carpetbaggers, etc. but they did come through the TX political machine! ;)

TX is a great example though of how a Blue State can be engineered into a Red state within a decade or so...