Friday, May 26, 2006

Taking the Left Back from Michael Moore

It's about time.


At 12:30 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

It's about time.

Moore's been hoarding Leftism like it's going out of style!

In seriousness, I think this perfectly illustrates the idiocy of painting any one political group with the same broad brush.

I find Michael Moore's films to be entertaining and educational, personally. I walk into them knowing full well that what I'm watching isn't undiluted fact - it's a film.

And for as much as you can make fun of the man for being a) fat, b) liberal, or c) annoying, he's done so pretty admirable things for people, in my humble opinion.

Much like political parties, people can't be painted in broad strokes either. After all, this is the guy who used humor and intimidation to get one of the nation's largest retailers to stop selling bullets like the ones that crippled the boys we see in "Bowling For Columbine." There's the guy who recieved a new kidney from a brutally uncaring health care provider (that's not hyperbole - it's shown to you) simply because Moore wouldn't stop bothering those people.

Those are actions that could be easily defined as self-serving, or the acts of a promotion-craving ego-addict. But the fact remains that those stunts did quantifiable good.

So, as in all things, I caution moderation of thought and opinion. Not everyone with a liberal streak worships at the altar of Moore. And not everything Moore has done is worthy of denigration and condemnation.

Just as Andrew Sullivan himself should not be written off simply because he championed blind-faith in government as a supposed conservative.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Err...That's "some," not "so" pretty admirable things.

And as a side-note, the Word Verification for this comment I'm writing reads "rdrum." Spooky. I expect lil' Danny Torrence to show up any minute.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

That's fine as it goes.

I'm surprised about the willingness to adopt the ends justify the means as per Moore, but I don't think it's that big of a deal. Moore uses cheap stunts to make political points. Some of his movies are not particularly illuminating because they are intellectually dishonest. Anyone can do it. Like for example, when someone tried to pull a "Moore" on Michael Moore, he was obviously less than excited about the stunts being pulled on him.

I am more surprised, however, by the call for moderation of thought and opinion after analyzing the "Anatomy of an Annoying Conservative." But moderation always seems more moderate when it's directed at others.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

That's funny, I don't think there's anything about Anatomy of an Annoying Conservative that's not moderate.

I use on-hand examples, make a point of stating that it's a particular stripe of commentator that bothers me, and then laid out my reasons for being bothered.

What in that post struck you as immoderate? And why do you sound ticked?

And an "ends justify the means" argument isn't what I'm making at all. I'm simply saying that people, and political parties, are multi-faceted.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

That's the point. I'm not ticked at all. Not in the slightest. But disagreements always seem less moderate and more "ticked" when those viewpoints are directed at you. It's merely an unremarkable psychological phenomena. But I'm not ticked, swear. To prove it, see the smiley face. :)


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