Tag: woke

The Downfall of the Ivy League

 

What do I find in my evening bookmark collections but a podcast hosted by one of my favorite public figures, interviewing my all-time favorite public figure. I hereby present Victor Davis Hanson on the Jordan B. Peterson Podcast:

Get Woke? No, Get Boring; Go Broke

 

A phrase about modern entertainment has gone about nowadays. It rhymes, it’s pithy, and it seems to fit the situation perfectly, “get woke, go broke.” I’d argue, however, that the reality is the massive failure in entertainment hasn’t been the wokeness at all, but the sheer dearth of creative talent. To be entirely honest, if the last couple of decades were producing well-written and entertaining movies and television, “get woke, go broke” would be a phrase people would laugh about all the way to the bank. The entire problem overall has been that writing has been, in general, not necessarily awful but rather boring.

Boring is worse than bad, in fact. Bad movies can still entertain (if not for the intended reason). People will talk about bad movies and TV. People will watch bad movies and TV programs because they are bad. Boring doesn’t get talked about. Boring doesn’t get repeat views. Boring television loses viewers. The problem with streaming is they’ll make an entire season and are stuck with it even after it bleeds viewers. In network days, a TV show that lost viewers was gone, often fast.

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Episode 5 – Buc-ee’s is the funniest yet. If you have any connections with Texas but haven’t caught Babylon Bee’s video series on the California couple moving to Texas, you ought to catch up. The episode released yesterday (November 21) is in my opinion the funniest yet. They discover Buc-ee’s.  Preview Open

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The Show Must Go Woke!

 

Some Hollywood producers showed test audiences three episodes of a woke police drama (Show A) featuring “a young POC policewoman who gets dumped by her girlfriend and transfers to a new precinct in a Southern town where she is shocked by the racism, sexism, and abuse of power of her new colleagues as well as their poor relations with the communities they serve.” The drama was being shopped to Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services.

For contrast, they also showed test audience three episodes of a fake cop show (Show B) about “Two young detectives (two white guys, one Ivy League and the other a good ol’ boy) who are partnered in Vegas where they cultivate informants and recurring girlfriends. Every episode includes a fistfight with chairs and bottles flying, every second episode has a car chase.” It was a put-on based on old “Starsky and Hutch” scripts and loaded with cop show tropes; intended to contrast the old and busted with the new hotness.

Author Joanna Williams joins Brian Anderson to discuss progressivism in the United Kingdom, whether wokeness is an American export, and the effects of activism on the publishing industry. Her new book, How Woke Won: The Elitist Movement that Threatens Democracy, Tolerance and Reason, is out now.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at Israel selling an air defense system to the UAE, demonstrating the success of the Abraham Accords and best chance at stability in the Middle East. They also cringe as Russian soldiers are going house to house in eastern Ukrainian provinces, forcing them to vote in favor of leaving Ukraine and joining Russia.  And that’s on top of Vladimir Putin threatening more directly than ever that he might use nukes. Finally, they call out the “gender-inclusive” insanity at the Air Force Academy, where cadets are encouraged to stop using words like mom, dad, boyfriend, and girlfriend.

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The wife and I are reading together, and we came to this line referencing Dr. James White: “I appreciate his stand against wokeism.” Now Sue didn’t have a clue what that meant, so she asked me.  I responded, but thought it best to turn to the pros – how would you define it? (The dictionary […]

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A while back I wrote a post about boycotting the Woke.  In it I noted that I would not hire anyone who was Woke and I wouldn’t tell them why, just give them a polite “no thank you.”  I indicated that one of the markers I used was whether they displayed their pronouns in their […]

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The Transgender Transmogrification of Everything, Including the Past

 

If I had a dollar for every article I’ve seen lately about the eye-popping excesses of transgender ideology, I could comfortably retire right now, even in this time of runaway, Biden-caused inflation.  I mean, really, just peruse the headlines on a conservative news website – come to think of it, include left-wing sites as well because they’re proud of what’s being done – and you will see things you simply can’t believe, particularly as it pertains to children.  It’s as if the powers-that-be are demonically possessed with the desire to surgically and chemically alter as many innocent children as they can get in their grasp while calling it “gender-affirming” healthcare.

Neither George Orwell nor any other great writer of dystopian literature could have ever dreamed up what has now become an actual reality.  I’ve said it before and it bears repeating:  There’s never been anything like this in the history of the world and it is pure evil on an unprecedented scale given that virtually every institution in the country is promoting it. 

This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Noah Rothman, associate editor of Commentary magazine, about his recently released book, The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War On Fun, examining how the attempt to remoralize American culture mirrors similar social movements in the past and what concerned onlookers can do to better manage this frenzied phenomenon.

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Quote of the Day: A Sense of Humor

 

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” — Henry Ward Beecher

Humorlessness really defines the Woke folk.  Beecher had the right of it. They are jolted by every pebble on the road. They cannot take a joke, nor can they allow others to tell jokes. Comedians have become their main target. Permissible jokes have become so circumscribed that those permitted really are not funny. Humor approved by the Soviet Board of Censors falls flat.

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I don’t know how “woke” I am, or as the Merriam Webster Dictionary puts it, “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” But I do try to be informed, and educate myself regarding new subjects (and old). Woke culture has made me less trusting and […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they’re thrilled to see a significant shift in suburban voters from the Democrats to the GOP. They also react in horror as USA Today opinion writer David Mastio not only reveals that he was forces out of a job for saying that only women could have babies but that the whole Gannett network is catering to a woke ideology that has no interest in a diversity of opinion. And they discuss the bipartisan yawning over Biden’s call for a federal gas tax suspension and the hypocrisy of lawmakers like Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who hated the idea when a Republican was president but now supports it when Biden is in office and she’s up for re-election.

A Bad Decade Last Week in Tampa

 

Vladimir Lenin, of Soviet Union infamy, once observed that “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” Both Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and the Washington Post newsroom experienced this firsthand last week. We’ll save the Washington Post for another day since that is still playing out. What a newsroom that is.

Let’s start with the national pastime. It began when the Florida sports franchise felt compelled to express its moral indignation over the May 24th massacre at Uvalde’s Ross Elementary School. The Rays organization announced a $50,000 grant, not to victims’ families or to improve school safety but to the anti-gun advocacy group, “Everytown for Gun Safety.” They advocate for banning undefined “assault rifles,” opposing state laws that allow teachers and schools to arm themselves to protect children, and getting rid of most concealed carry permit laws, especially reciprocity between states. And much more.

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I recently had to hire a mid-level finance manager for my company.  It was surprisingly hard to find good candidates, but I finally had three good prospects.  When I did the requisite social media check I saw that one of them had their preferred pronouns on their LinkedIn profile.  Even though they were conventional “she/her” […]

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The Disgraceful Lia Thomas

 

I’ve written elsewhere about this fellow, the guy who poses as a woman and crushes the hopes and dreams of real female college athletes. Finally one woman has come out publicly to complain about it, as reported in this blunt but excellent piece in the Spectator:

Reka Gyorgy showed commendable courage this weekend for finally speaking out against the National College Athletic Association’s rules regarding trans competitors. The Virginia Tech swimmer and Olympian was bumped out of a finals spot in the 500 free due to transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’s participation.

Upside-down Academia

 

Just a quick observation about what is, to me, a perplexing aspect of today’s education environment.

We have a kerfuffle in Florida prompted by a very sensible call to prohibit the radical sexual indoctrination of kids in pre-school through third grade. The “alphabet people,” as one popular stand-up comic likes to call them, have their nickers in a twist over the possibility that other people’s young children won’t be fed a load of malarky regarding their gender identity — won’t be, at least, until they turn nine.

The Problem of ‘Tokenism’

 

“Tokenism” is the practice of choosing people for roles based on superficial qualities rather than intrinsic worthiness for the positions. Because it prioritizes identity over merit, it risks placing less qualified, underperforming individuals in positions of responsibility.

We have a particularly glaring example of tokenism in our current Vice President, Kamala Harris.

Warning: ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ Contains Fishing

 

Western Society has reached a level of absurdity beyond comprehension. A University in Scotland has put a warning label on Ernest Hemingway’s great short novel, The Old Man and the Sea. From the Daily Mail: “University warns woke students that Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel Old Man and the Sea contains graphic scenes… of FISHING

It is a story of one man’s heroic struggle against the elements and often viewed as a metaphor for life itself. But Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Old Man And The Sea is the latest victim of today’s woke standards, with students warned that it contains ‘graphic fishing scenes’.