Hollywood’s Wily Ways
If you are a regular reader of my articles you may have realized that I am a movie guy. I enjoy the escapism and the emotion that comes along with delving into a world beyond the grind of normal life. On Saturday, I decided to put everything aside and watch a good action flick. I watched Eagle Eye starring Shia LeBeouf (what a name.)
So, if you haven’t seen this film it is basically about a super computer system designed by the government to monitor all activity of every human through anything connected to a network, the internet, or cellular system.
There are some scenes where old fashioned lip reading and sonic vibrations are used to spy. Think of this film as 1983’s WarGames, meets 1984’s Terminator, meets the recent television show Person of Interest. This super computer is supposed to protect “We the People,” but after a mishap with a bombing campaign on the wrong bad guys against the advice of the computer and the Secretary of Defense the computer decides it is time for a regime change due to the fact that the current president and his cabinet “have become destructive of [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness]” and the computer decides that the Declaration of Independence requires that “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish [the government], and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
What is interesting to me is that this movie was released on September 26, 2008. As we all can remember, from about 2003 to the end of Bush’s presidency in January 2009, the left was up in arms over just about everything the Bush administration did. From Bush trying to open fake doors at a press conference in China to the alleged violations of rights placed in the Patriot Act, the Republicans did no good, ever. Well, to cap it off this movie was all about the supposed unconstitutionality of the Patriot Act, and that was meant to be the ultimate reason the computer thought it was proper to destroy the men and women of the administration and replace them. This movie could have only been distributed at the time it was.
We will never see a movie that casts the government or administration in a negative light such as this while a Democrat is in office (especially when that Democrat is Barack Hussein Obama). Instead what we get are films like Avatar, where the corporation is out to destroy an alien planet for a mineral that they can exploit for profit (2009); Capitalism: A Love Story, by the hideously fat Michael Moore (2009); District 9, a movie about Apartheid and Racism set in a future world of South Africa where aliens are living among humans (2009); and naturally, what would Hollywood be if they didn’t include a remake of Robin Hood (2010) where the hero, Robin, is the savior of the poor by stealing from the rich? I’ll wait for the next Robin Hood rendition to explain how his stealing from the rich to give to the poor is not at all what the Democrats portray it to be.
We are confronted on a daily basis with liberal propaganda by the media whether in a movie, on TV, in the news, in a newspaper, or in a magazine (I actually had to stop my subscription to Men’s Health because I was getting tired of every article relating in one way or another to the brilliance of liberalism and the wickedness of conservatives.) The media is out there stating the admirations of liberalism, socialism, statism, or whatever you want to call it. They know that the more you are presented with something the less sensitive you are to that thing.
Think about how in the 1950s there was little violence in movies – about the worst you got was the shower scene in Psycho, but today you can’t even turn on network television without seeing someone being shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned. We have to be sensitive to the messages that are being presented to us everywhere telling us that liberalism is good, and conservatism is bad. Lastly, don’t fall for the Third Person Effect which states that we believe these messages affect others more than they affect ourselves. We are affected by the media’s desensitization to the leftist ideology just as anyone else, but if we can see it coming then we can avoid the pitfall.