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Haven't read the book, and never saw South Park either. I don't watch TV - total waste of life. But Anderson's book is rapidly becoming a Big Book, so I had better take a look at it real soon. It concerns the culture wars. There is a very nice interview in Frontpage by Jamie Glazov with Brian Anderson, author of South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias.
Among his statements in the interview:
"Technology has radically undermined this liberal media dominance. South Park Conservatives is in part a brief history of new media, and I show how talk radio, cable television (above all Fox News), and now the Internet and blogosphere have brought right-of-center views and perspectives long excluded by the media mainstream right to the heart of national debate. The change has taken place virtually overnight: the oldest of these media, political talk radio, is really only 15 years old or so, and the newest, the blogosphere, didn’t really exist five years ago."
And (this is becoming a familiar theme):
"In the academy, change is harder to achieve, because the tenure system has guaranteed a certain kind of intellectual—reflexively left-wing culturally and often quasi-socialist or out-and-out Marxist in their views on political economy—remains the norm. Left-wing professors are going to hire other left-wing professors and give tenure to other left-wingers. The difficulties experienced by cultural and political conservatives or even defenders of the Western cultural tradition in getting tenure means fewer and fewer of them go into academe. "
A fine article. Thank you for the heads up.
Although it covered many of the themes that have developed since the Reagan Revolution we are now far enough from that history so that newer readers and even the more seasoned can benefit by being reminded how far we've come.
One thought hit me when the "Fairness Doctrine" was broached in the interview. I thought, well here we have Rush Limbaugh making life as hard as he can on the Republican Party by some of his most outrageous statements and yet if he votes Democratic they'll have him off the air within a year. Even if he belatedly comes back to the Republican Party he will have done sufficient damage as to have severely injured the party. What an irony that he should lose his empire in a fit of emotional pique.
The second thought that occurred to me is the methods education are adapting to in the computer age and the continued necessity for tenured professors. Many courses are taught via the computer. I believe we have reached a point where university regents need to take a hard look at tenure. It's time has come to go.