2021 Sep 20, 10:02am
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I grew up in a liberal home, surrounded by liberals in a liberal pocket of America. My exposure to differing political views was limited, and by the time I came to Los Angeles, listening to NPR was my personality. My parents were pro-choice and anti-gun. It was assumed that we were the good guys. My limited understanding of Republicans and conservatism was that they were evil racists, hellbent on keeping America stuck in the 1950s. They were all white and all rich. Every Republican was Mr Burns from The Simpsons — a cantankerous, greedy old fart who wanted to exploit the workers and either bomb the brown people or keep them out.The first presidential election I was old enough to vote in was in 2000. I was just about to turn 20 years old. It was a big election and the first to which I paid any attention. In my periwinkle blue studio apartment in Santa Monica, I’d smoke weed and listen to the radio through my computer. I was too poor for a TV so I’d just turn KCRW on all day while I worked.Listening to my steady diet of NPR and having dinners in Hollywood with successful creatives from all over the world, I got a real sense that this election was a battle between good and evil. It never occurred to me that anyone might have had a different opinion. Everyone spoke with the comfortable certainty that comes from groupthink. Only with hindsight can I see the elitism and the smug righteousness that oozed throughout the media I consumed and the conversations in which I was just a young fly-on-the-wall.George W. Bush was the worst of America personified. A frat boy who failed up, buoyed by the success of his father. A redneck who only got into the Ivy League because of his pedigree. He represented guns, Texas and big oil. Worst of all, he was Christian. A simple man of faith. If Wubya won, we would end up destroying the environment, going to war and banning abortion. The stakes were high and I was terrified.Al Gore cared about global warming and said we were all going to be underwater in a decade. And you know what’s funny? I have no idea what else he stood for as I sit here and write this. I’d have to google what platform he ran on. Which is hilarious, given the fact that I do remember wondering how anyone could look at these two options and pick George W. Bush over Al Gore. The truth is, I didn’t know jack squat about Gore or his policies.So I smoked my weed, listened to my Elliott Smith and prattled on about how anyone who voted for Bush was a moron who didn’t know anything, when in fact I was projecting. Of course there were morons who didn’t know anything and voted for Bush, but I was just the other side of the coin: a moron who didn’t know anything voting for Gore. And lucky me, I didn’t have to know anything. No one was going to make me defend my ‘ideas’ which were just parroted talking points. No one questioned why I was voting for Gore.By definition, I was a full-blown liberal through most of my twenties and well into my thirties. Although this pejorative is crude, it accurately describes the fact that the development of my political understanding was retarded: my worldview had never evolved past a certain point. That is, until I got sober, Trump was nominated, and the whole world collectively lost its mind.My dad made me promise one thing before I set out to pursue my dreams of acting in Los Angeles. ‘Don’t do porn,’ he said. I laughed. He stared at me without smiling. Oh. He wasn’t joking.Somehow, what I am now doing feels dirtier than porn. This is because I am a ‘media personality’ who occasionally opens my pie-hole on conservative media outlets. I’ve even appeared on Fox. This is worse than porn in my East Coast liberal family.Fathers, be careful what you wish for.
Basically, a morals exclusion applies.
NPR-AmericanA class of US citizen that receives all their news from the National Public Radio, or NPR, and no other sources. See: shit-lib, NPC, or SWPL (white educated liberal bohemian).
Ceffer saysBasically, a morals exclusion applies.Apparently this does not include Big Pharma whores.
I want to know at what point she became enlightened about the very narrow world view of most current Democrats, who seem to consistently fail to seek out new perspectives, or to challenge their own assumptions. I think this failure to think independently comes from the fear that independent reasoning might lead them to unacceptable conclusions. And then friends and perhaps relatives will reject them for heresy.
This article is nothing but porn for right wingers who sincerely think EVERYONE not registered GOP actually only ever listens to NPR for 100% of their political and personal identity like the woman in the article.
Automan Empire saysThis article is nothing but porn for right wingers who sincerely think EVERYONE not registered GOP actually only ever listens to NPR for 100% of their political and personal identity like the woman in the article.
This discussion by led by the folks at FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) scared the crap out of me. What are the people who are programming NPR thinking?Matt Taibbi, Nadine Strossen, and Amna Khalid respond to ‘On the Media’ free speech critiques
I used to listen to NPR until about 2008, and kind of enjoyed it. They had critical analysis of Iraq and Afghanistan debacles, up to point where Obama became President. They had car show and a few other shows that were enjoyable to listen in background while drinking morning coffee.Now, of course, it is insufferably bad. No jokes are left, other than OrangeManBad types; no real critical analysis, just streams of PC garbage.
I used to listen to NPR until about 2008, and kind of enjoyed it.
NPR's Dead Hour every Sunday night
One problem leading to the landscape of all "stupid" choices in media. People don't WANT to listen to honest debates, seriously consider all issues and angles, and weigh difficult compromises and intractable problems. The majority want to hear a 30 second piece on a topic, consider that a wrap, then go on to the next topic to superficially engage. The world is a busy and complicated place, and individual humans don't have limitless time to engage the topics that directly affect them PERSONALLY with sufficient time and effort.
Don't waste your time
richwicks saysDon't waste your timeAt this point FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) is the premier organization protecting free speech in the United States. The video is most definitely worth your time. Nadine Strossen is old school ACLU.
Feedback is more important than what some supposed "experts" are saying. Nothing more ironic than an ACLU lawyer showing up to discuss free speech and not allow any feedback.
NPR's On The Media assembled a panel of experts to critique "free speech absolutists". The FIRE panel is issuing a rebuttal. As such, they are literally defending deplorable speech, so you can see why they disabled comments. YMMV.
The fact of the matter is that under Constitution our FIRST amendment exists.
These people train the next generation of lawyers (and judges). We should all be afraid. YMMV.