You would think after all these years of being bombarded by the modern liberalism’s assumptions in popular culture nothing would amaze me. Well count me amazed after recently watching the February 20 episode of Hawaii Five-O . You might also file this under the more things change . . . . I did an internet search and found this article from 1992:
By the age of 18, the average TV viewer has seen businessmen and businesswomen attempt more than 10,000 murders and countless lesser offenses ranging, from extortion and bribery to kidnapping and dumping of toxic waste, according to a survey by the Media Institute, a Washington-based group that studies media and business.
According to a comprehensive survey of some 620 television shows between 1955 and 1986 by Stanley and Linda Lichter of the Washington-based Center for Media & Public Affairs and Stanley Rothman, director of the Center for the Study of Social & Political Change at Massachusett’s Smith College, businessmen are more than three times as likely to be criminals than are members of other occupations.
1955! I thought that was the golden age of conservatism in Hollywood! Obviously those who write and produce our popular entertainment have had a problem with businessmen, and by extension capitalism, for a very long time.
Which brings me back to Hawaii Five-O. The story started out promising enough; although once you see the ending it’s more than obvious; can you say heavy handed? A man is murdered, a group of radical environmentalists look like the most obvious suspects, especially when an internet video of threats to a certain company surfaces a la Al Queda, mask and all. As the story plays out the radical environmentalists who initially look like deranged fanatics end up looking like idealists whose only real crime are questionable tactics; when the pristine beauty and purity of Hawaii’s natural resources are at stake almost anything seems permissible, or at least understandable.
So who could it be? I know the suspense is killing you . . . the greedy businessman did it! Someone who would kill someone he knows, even a friend, if he is a threat to his precious profits. But it wasn’t the-greedy-businessman-did-it that amazed me; it was the juxtaposition between the idealistic environmentalists and the money grubbers, as stark a contrast as you’ll ever see.
Those who control the narrative of popular culture, the writers, directors, producers, studio heads, etc., are for the most part modern liberals, progressive through and through. This is no secret or is the fact challenged by anyone. At the very core of this mentality is that capitalism is suspect, it appeals to the lowest common denominator of human nature, and is a necessary evil at best. Never mind that every one of them is committing capitalism every day. Modern liberalism can never be accused of being rigorously logical, or consistent.
Not only do we need the intellectual right to produce a consistent moral defense of capitalism, but we need right-minded story tellers to infiltrate, if you will, popular culture professions to tell the stories of the businessman or businesswoman as hero. Even if not hero, at least as those who sacrifice and risk every day so most everyone else can live and feed their family.