As mentioned, I prefer my entertainment politics-free, and would argue that the early Simpsons episodes were better in part because they focused on social satire rather than partisan clap humor. Springfield used to remind me of the classic tales of Gotham, in that it transcended cheap political points.
When the bias gets really deep, it comes through even when the writers probably don’t even realize they’re taking a side.
As a case in point, recent episodes of both The Family Guy and The Simpsons featured situations where the local government was going to do something really swell, and it was only going to cost a penny (or a nickel, or somesuch). The townspeople react with horror and hysteria.
Ha ha. The government, no matter how much money it has, never seems to have enough in some people’s view. (Back in the old days, there was often at least a nod to government corruption and incompetence. But now it’s just “look how dumb people are, they don’t want to pay more taxes”.)
Normally, not only do I not notice this stuff, but when I do, it doesn’t bother me because almost any story can be looked at as an individual set of circumstances. For example, our soldiers have done terrible things (in every war in our history), but those acts are outweighed by the everyday heroism–and the fact that they’re probably less inclined to do such acts for their demographic groups, all other factors controlled for.
But still, it’s legitimate to tell a story about bad behavior among soldiers. It’s when every story is about bad behavior that you begin to suspect the world view–or intentions–of the people making them.
Well, not really. A Hollywood writer being left wing is hardly man bites dog.
But I did think of it when I saw this over at Protein Wisdom.
California state government spent $145 billion last fiscal year, $41 billion more than four years ago when Gov. Gray Davis got recalled by voters. With all that new spending — a whopping 40% increase — we ought to be in a golden age of government with abundant public services for all.
So why does it seem like the quality and quantity of government is not all that different from 2004? How many of us feel like we are getting 40% more public services, 40% better schools, roads, parks and so on?
When the gov’t takes 40% more to deliver the same services, but threatens us whenever they get less money–and always from core services–I think the viewpoint of the public being stingy is about as funny as a “stoopid Bush” joke.
And as insightful.