Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Conservatives have to be culturally bilingual...

...Most live conservative values, but do not hide from a culturally liberal world, where most networks, movies, and publishing enterprises operate from the left-of-center premises. Liberals don't have the same experience. When they turn on the news or open a bestseller, they see their own beliefs displayed."

Brilliant...that is pretty much what I was trying to hit upon in my Alabama post.

I read this little gem in a magazine I had previously never heard about before returning home: World. Good articles, and what I consider to be pretty balanced journalism. I read the above quote in a review for the book: A Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. I will type up the rest of the review for those interested:

Evangelical Nancy French humorously mines this red/state blue state divide. She grew up in Paris, Tenn. a small town best known for its catfish festival. When marriage took her away from Tennessee and plopped her in the middle of Manhattan, she began to learn that her Southern drawl signaled bigotry and backwardness to her new neighbors. The book is peppered with funny stories from Ithaca (where she was almost arrested for throwing away recyclable items) and Philidelphia, where she lived during the 2000 elections. Red-staters will enjoy this book, and blue-staters willing to endure a few barbs will find a window into the red-state mind.


Blogger Nancy French said...

Hey, Thanks for the plug!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Sometimes I think people get tired of hearing me talk about TV as if it's real life, and every time I do blog about TV, someone acts like I'm an idiot who doesn't understand it's not real. OK. So I haven't posted a post I've been wanting to post: there are no Christians on TV. I keep noticing this recurring theme on shows of atheists musing about why they're atheists. No big whoop, but when you see it on the umpteenth show, it gets a bit jarring. I've seen it recently on CSI, Numbers, House, John Doe, Law & Order, and those are just the ones I can think of right now. The only character I've seen lately on a show who's religious is Dr. Chase! Doesn't that seem strange to America? When something like 85% of Americans consider themselves religious in some sense, why don't any popular TV characters reflect that? Aren't there any religious people writing for these shows to say, "Hang on a minute.."?

7:49 PM  
Blogger Nancy French said...


You should be watching REALITY TELEVISION. This is where the writers don't mess it up. Survivor has had some of the most authentic Christian moments (people praying, befriending each other, etc.) than the scripted shows. And American Idol? Everyone talks about God. Mandisa SANG about God. Carrie Underwood? Clay? It's startling how Christian some of these singers are. So, you need to switch from CSI, etc.


6:54 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Sarah, it's nearly impossible for television writers to write about something they don't understand. Since they seem to be atheists and they find their own little journey so interesting... that's the only type of show characters they can write. Naturally they probably grew up in "religious" households and therefore, any religious person you see is a kook, a fanatic, or a two faced pervert.

If you will notice, there are very few realistic looking marriages either. It's always protrayed in various horrible ways - the worst being "the know it all woman with the absolute idiot of a husband" but this is how they view men in Hollywood - not to mention few if any of them have good marriages.

In other words, it's really hard to write what you don't know.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh hell, I just have to blog about this.

5:39 PM  

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