(We're fighting an old computer while buying a new one- the object of our recent fund raising drive. Until our new equipment's in place, we'll be blogging a little light).
There's a Fall teevee campaign to encourage volunteerism that's sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a Hollywood charitable organization. They'll be running positive messages about community service and civic participation across 60 shows in plot lines, and teevee scripts.
It's something nice the industry is doing- arguably out of guilt for the harm they do to the taste and IQ of the general public- but other than that self-promotion, they're just trying to do good in that impersonal, corporate sort of way they always do.But assuaging guilt for ruining the culture isn't sinister enough for Glenn Beck. He's claiming- let's see if we can follow this- that it's a conspiracy between the Maoist Obama administration and heathen Hollywood to turn us into a Communist nation while we're blithely watching Real Desperate Housewives of Cleveland. "It's almost like," he says, "we're living in Mao's China right now."
Celebrities are coming together to make it cool to volunteer. Disney gives you a free day at the park. This is all fine, but doesn't it seem a little bit convenient that all of this comes out now at the same time the Obama administration is calling for it? Obama controls the message through the media he holds in his pocket. Or in his little hand. And soon if you disobey, he'll just go [Beck slaps his hands]. Now the message will be embedded in television shows. Isn't this great? Aren't you proud of what we're doing? Oh, this certainly is change."Next come tools like Dori Monson, (KIROFM 12-3p) to pronounce the campaign "creepy," then the dittoheads will weave this into the crazy quilt that is the Greater Maoist/Obama plot against our precious liberdee. (The right's meme is all about Obama's Maoism now, a refreshing change from the Summer's batshit Hitlerian references).