March 19, 2018

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Lady Bird
(Reviewed March 6, 2018)

A delightful and not entirely politically correct movie about growing up as a Catholic schoolgirl in 2002-2003

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(Reviewed February 22, 2018)

An occasionally amusing parable of guilt and forgiveness whose setting in small-town America, like the prejudices of its author, does it no favors

Darkest Hour
(Reviewed February 6, 2018)

Despite some stirring moments, and a fine performance from Gary Oldman, the movie gets its portrait of a war leader wrong

The Florida Project
(Reviewed November 17, 2017)

A child’s-eye view, and therefore a rather amusing treatment, of social pathologies that are, in reality, not at all amusing

ENTRY from March 1, 2018

As a Second Amendment sort of guy, I worry that President Trump’s fundamental pragmatism has led him to abandon — or, at yesterday’s White House roundtable to think of abandoning — his fellow Republicans over gun-control in the face of the media-promoted  moral blackmail by teenage survivors of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Parkland, Florida. If so, the prospective flip-flop may owe something to the President’s being spooked by the same poll that so exercised Rush Limbaugh a few weeks ago and that purported to show Mr Trump’s approval rating among the so-called Millennials is only 18 per cent, as compared to 81 per cent who disapprove.

I was surprised that Rush failed to mention the media celebrations of a similar poll two years ago. As of March, 2016, according to USA Today,

In a hypothetical Clinton v. Trump contest in November, voters under 35 would choose Clinton by a crushing 52%-19%, a preference that crosses demographic lines. Among whites, she'd be backed by nearly 2-1, 45%-26%. Among Hispanics, by more than 4-1, 61%-14%. Among Asian Americans, by 5-1, 60%-11%. Among African Americans, by 13-1, 67%-5%.  Full Entry

Media MadnessMy book Media Madness, is available for order from Encounter Books. Less a polemic than an attempt to understand the origins of the mass media’s folie de grandeur, the book is a warning even to those who are deserting the big networks, newsweeklies and large-circulation dailies not to carry with them into the more attractive world of niche media the undisciplined habits of thought that the old media culture has given rise to. To order this book, click here.

Honor, A HistoryAlso available, now in paperback, is Honor, A History, which was first published in 2006. A study of Western cultural artifacts, from the epics of Homer to the movies and TV shows of today, it is focused on explaining why Western ideas of honor developed so differently from those elsewhere — and especially from the savage honor cultures of the Islamic world. The book then goes on to trace the collapse and ultimate rejection of the old Western honor culture from World War I until the present day and to suggest the conditions that would have to prevail for its revival.

Recent Articles

Methods of Madness February 28, 2018.
Donald Trump may or may not be crazy, but he is certainly driving the media crazy -- From The New Criterion of February, 2018 ... Full Article

Putting Down the Big Dog January 31, 2018.
On the media’s cynical re-appraisal of the Bill Clinton sex scandals they once dismissed as unimportant — From The New Criterion of January, 2017 ... Full Article

New directions in scandalology December 31, 2017.
On the usefulness of the concept of "intersectionality" to produce scandal, or eliminate it, according to the media’s requirements — From The New Criterion of December, 2017 ... Full Article

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