Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
Rob Long is fresh off the plane from Kenya and naturally has a lot to say about to say about the experience, and the guys pull out just about every pop culture reference they can about the place over the course of the show. But that’s not all: they also opine on WandaVision, the Marvel series currently running on Disney+, whether the streamers rebooting everything ever made is a good idea (a comparison made to the now deceased Quibi is met with a tad of resistance), we do a deep dive into the sad sagas of Don McNeil, the soon to be former reporter at of the NYT, and the currently suspended Mike Pesca of Slate, and the through the looking glass situation at Smith College. Also, Jonah survives an unfortunately timed trip to Texas, and John is selling schwag.
Subscribe to GLoP Culture in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but one thing has me scratching my balding head. I find it weird that the podcast shows up in iTunes in “The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed” podcast feed, but not in the “GLoP Culture” podcast feed. (My Mac is old (High Sierra), which is why I still use iTunes to listen to podcasts.)
Visiting Obama’s birthplace?
Remember this early web favorite?
Should be there now. Sometimes it take a bit of time for it to show up in all of the feeds we put it in.
Obligatory screen shots from this episode:
Around 22:00, John Podhoretz legitimately did a Lilleksian segue. Respect.
Was Mr. Belvedere a child molester? I don’t know.
(Are Getty images OK for Ricochet posts?)
On an important note about the cancel culture. The left will become so corrupt and self-destructive, that they will lose the respect of the middle class and below.
Also, Anna Karenina is a great novel.
Take this as a mild criticism, but it’s a little bit insulting to use the phrase “marvel superhero fanservice” when y’all are gushing about Wandavision, seeing as the other half of the show could be described as dated sitcom fanservice.
I did enjoy this show quite a bit. If any of you other clever people out there have any more success answering “What do you call a baby RINO?” I’d appreciate it.
In 1985 my ship had a port call in Mombasa, Kenya and I was able to do a one day trip to Tsavo National Park. What an amazing experience. So much wildlife.
Please keep Jonah out of Texas. Haven’t they suffered enough?
My port visit to Mombasa was a couple of years after @misterdog. I did an overnight tour, forget where we went, probably the same place. Whatever, it was great touring the grasslands in an open-top van, hoping that all of the hunter-killer animals had had their fill of water buffalo. Once our van found a group of other vans all arranged in a semi-circle a fair distance from a mother cheeta with a couple of cubs. No one went close, either out of respect or fear, but it was enjoyable seeing such animals in the wild.
My brother tells a story about tent camping near Ongorogoro [sp?] crater.
The first night, he and his friends were awake all night, because they could hear lions roaring off in the bush not far away. They told the locals about it the next day, who told them not to worry about it. When you could hear the lions, everything was fine. It’s when they were quiet that you had to worry.
That night, they were awake all night again, because they didn’t hear any lions.
Did John say that CBS All Access has been a success? Their current changes etc don’t seem to support that assertion.
Even better than Rob:
I really think GLOP was on to something with the idea of “Inspector Magritte”. The Apple faced man did it without the pipe.
According to Rob Long, cancel culture is primarily the result of two things: Laziness and economics.
“When you’re angry at a book,” Rob says, “you don’t have to actually read it. So the lazy woke student will say ‘I will NOT read Anna Karenina because it offends me!’”
As for economics, Rob’s theory is that, “Canceling your high-status coworkers means more good jobs to go around. It’s a way of thinning the herd.”
So it’s all about laziness and economics, folks. This is Rob’s facile explanation for the existence of terminal wokeness, and cancel culture.
Except he’s wrong.
Wokeness (aka “anti-racism”) is a sincerely held belief. Indeed it functions like a new, evangelical religion. Anyone with children of high school or college age — indeed, anyone who knows anyone under the age of 30 — can attest to the truth of this. Worse still, it is metastasizing.
Damn, I wish I would have remembered that.
The thought was, wait until those kids get into the real world and get slammed by reality. What happened was that they infected the human resources departments and have changed the real world into their college enclaves. Much like trading with China was supposed to export our liberty to them and instead American businesses are agreeing to their authoritarianism.
My ship stopped there in 1994. We had the same tour and it was a really memorable experience. We even encountered a small group of elephants we had to skirt around. We had come around after a stop in Capetown South Africa. It was still during the time of apartheid, so I was fairly convinced our ship had been selected since we had an African-American CO.
Exactly. And you’re correct about the HR departments and higher education, but let’s not forget lower education (K-12), the news media, the federal government (in the form of “equity” and “diversity training”), many state and local governments, advertising, publishing, a surprising number of churches (!), and of course almost all scripted entertainment.
“Wokeness” is also strangling discourse.
In ways that are easy to see but difficult to define and quantify, this new religion is overtaking the culture like pod people from an old sci-fi film.
What’s interesting is, Podhoretz, Goldberg, Long, and myself are on the same page politically. I despise the cultural Left with a white hot passion … as I despise the New Right with a white hot passion. So yes, I couldn’t vote top-of-ticket in the most recent election, nor in the one from 2016. Politically I am homeless right now. But I do know that the most urgent crisis facing this country is cultural (and it isn’t close). “Wokeness” is strangling discourse, killing scripted entertainment, murdering education, and leading us toward a new (but oh-so “justified“) inverted Jim Crow. And it’s happening right before our eyes.
And yet you’re saying you “couldn’t” vote for the top-ticket candidate who was demonstrably against woke-ism, thus helping the woke-ism candidate to (arguably) win this time?
That DOES sound just like Podhoretz, Goldberg, and Long.
How is the New Right in anyway as worrisome as Wokism? The New Right is too economically populist and isolationist for my taste but it is still pro-capitalist and and pro-American. Wokism is a death cult.
The modern Republican Party is where traditional Democrats go when they finally learn what the modern Democratic Party actually stands for. If you’re a patriot, there is no place else to go.
Not surprisingly, all these former Democrats coming into the Republican Party are changing some of its policies.
These two things don’t go together.
It’s still baffling how people can see that their country is being destroyed, and their response is to do… nothing helpful.