Tagged: Media

The Titillation Continues

Pleasure enlivens the desire for more pleasure, filling the soul with an insatiable craving for perpetual repetition, a relentless rhythm of titillation and release as inescapably compulsive as an ever-quickening circle dance.  Yesterday it was El Paso, Texas: X number dead, the more the better, for the greater the number, the more justifiable our obsessive staring, and the greater our access to round-the-clock...

Oh Boy! More Crying Strangers! Children Too!

Hardly a day goes by now without my being subjected to online news stories featuring oversized pictures of people I do not know wailing hysterically, mournfully, helplessly about some “tragedy” or other. Today it’s a school shooting in Colorado (and the picture this time is of a small boy — no child exploitation there!); a couple of days ago it was something else....

Progressive Catholicity

Have you ever, at any time in your life, displayed anger in a public place? Have you ever had too much to drink and spoken or behaved in a childish and irresponsible manner? Have you ever used a bad word in front of other people? Have you ever said something disrespectful to another human being during a disagreement or dispute? Have you ever,...

Trump’s Contradictions (sort of) Explained

One thing everyone agrees on regarding Donald Trump is that he is obsessed with the media, and particularly with media coverage of himself. A few months back, some naïve people took literally an online satire describing Trump’s addiction to a fictitious “Gorilla TV.” I knew it was satire — and ineffective satire — since Trump wouldn’t care about gorillas unless they wore MAGA...

Dumb Blondes for Trump, Abortion, Whatever

It has come to my attention that Tomi Lahren, whom I may have heard once on a Steven Crowder podcast, and who was apparently a hot commodity at Glenn Beck’s media enterprise, The Blaze, is now a not-quite-so-hot commodity without a media home, after a recent appearance on the Harpy Housewife Hour (aka “The View”) during which she declared herself suddenly pro-abortion. Like another alt-right dumb blonde,...

How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition

This is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of How Democracies Perish, an analysis of the spread of world communism by Jean-François Revel, one of freedom’s most serious French defenders since Tocqueville. At the heart of this work, Revel details “The Tools of Communist Expansion,” among which the most relevant for understanding our current situation comes in Chapter 16, “Ideological Warfare and Disinformation.”...