The Tea Party jihadis are about to shut down the United States government in an act of devotion to the political cult of Grover Norquist.
And once more, in the Age of Obama conservatism and racism are again and together one hell of a drug, which together subvert the common good. As we are in dire times, popular culture is a way to medicate us all into a state of compliance, indifference, managed anger, and exhaustion through spectacle.
Consider our viewing options this past Sunday night.
1. The Breaking Bad finale
2. Boardwalk Empire
3. The debut of Masters of Sex
4. The New England Patriots versus the Atlanta Falcons
5. The return of The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and Bob's Burgers
I feel dirty wallowing in the wealth of film and TV riches; the bounty overwhelms me. As detailed by this great political cartoon, Orwell suggested that human society would be controlled by censorship of literature and arts. In comparison, Huxley, hypothesized that we would be controlled by pleasure on demand, and having our senses overwhelmed by stimuli. Both were correct. A dualism of political and social reality is much more common than many binary thinkers are inclined to believe.
As such, I choose not to stand against the wind. There is a Klingon proverb which argues the wisdom of that approach. I have tried to internalize it as best a Terran is able.
To point. I have finally surrendered to the Netflix gods thanks to a kind sponsor. What shows or movies should I add to my queue? Do you have any suggestions? I have of course added Star Trek and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I just watched a great documentary on the rise and fall of pinball in the United States, and the Star Wars documentary The People versus George Lucas. I will most certainly be adding some animal themed documentaries too.
Please help me build my Netflix queue. Where should I begin?