Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Conspicuous Progressivism - Chicago Fire

How much progressive propaganda can you stuff into a one hour procedural show? Let us count the ways with Chicago Fire. A relative visited and took care of my son while I was working and my wife was away, and she would watch Chicago Fire. While reading, I'd notice ridiculous things in the first episode, so I decided to watch the second episode and count the Narrative stuffing.

1. Female paramedic who wants to be a firefighter on a ladder unit but GD the evil white guy doesn't want a chick in his unit. My God the patriarchy! 


2. Same female paramedic is of some mixed or non-white background has her white boyfriend in the ladder unit. Oh yeah the race mixing! 

3. Mixed race (black-white) firefighter wants to make contact with his white dad's family. They are cold at first, and his mom explains how they hated on the marriage... in the 1980s. The God damn white privileged bastards! (dying grampa eventually hugs his mixed grandson) 


4. White female paramedic looks maybe 85 pounds soaking wet and has a wicked cool and awesome apartment in a terrible part of town where the homeless guy urinates near her doorway sometimes but is nice. So cool. She is a hipster but tough!


5. The leader in their firehouse is black. He also has a white wife, and they might be older but they are expecting a baby. Hi five for the mixing! 


6. The motley crew of black, white, and who knows what the heck one guy is are pooling money together for a lunch wagon. Super cool cuisine out of a truck! 


7. The tough as nails and by the books fire chief is an old white haired white guy, and sometimes he is too by the book dammit. Damn whites who believe in the rules!


8. Firefighter is declared medically incapable of being a firefighter and another suffers a major accident where the unit does a fundraiser for him because he won't earn no dough. Comedy here being the fictional representation of firefighter economics. This is Chicago. The CFD has a huge negotiated collective bargaining agreement that provides benefits in these instances. First, the guy declared medically ineligible would start receiving either his CFD disability benefit, his paid for sick leave or a private disability insurance payment. In some instances, he'd receive a combination of 2 or all 3. The guy in the accident would start receiving benefits immediately. They would range from 60-100% of the predisability income. There would be no need for a quickie fundraiser for the guy. That would have been the case in the 1980s and earlier, but not now. How is this progressive narrative stuffing? This is a progressive "hide the fact that public employees have great pay and benefits now" narrative.

This entire show is a game of Frogger with the safe spots being conspicuous progressivism Narrative story arcs.

Oh hey look, an advertisement for the second "Russian spies living in suburbia in the '80s" show on television. Wow, thanks Hollywood. Now I know to hate the Russians!


Destroy Hollywood.

32 comments:

nikcrit said...

RE: "2. Same female paramedic is of some mixed or non-white background has her white boyfriend in the ladder unit. Oh yeah the race mixing!

3. Mixed race (black-white) firefighter wants to make contact with his white dad's family. They are cold at first, and his mom explains how they hated on the marriage... in the 1980s. The God damn white privileged bastards! (dying grampa eventually hugs his mixed grandson)"


y'know if you combine awareness of the sorta sloppy symbolism aspiring prime-time tv has always indulged with a sorta phylogenetic gloss of race demographics and racial sociology over recent decades, some of these depictions, hoary as they are, make sense.
I mean, think of say some 70s sit-com like, say, The Brady Bunch; remember how Cindy's or Marcia's slumber parties were always sure to include thre WASPS, a hispanic, a black and an Asian, or something close to that range? Well, in the 60s that would be considered radical because it wsa pretty much a monocultural affair, so in a sense, if we look at television trends of today in compared to the 70s, 80s and 90s, one could say that continuum has moved in the same direction, granted that technology and other factors are heavy mitigators in that hypothtical.
A lot of is the result of entertainment industry demographic and marketing research; minority populations have grown since then and from a biz perspective, one could reasonably conclude that NAM factions were underserved. Plus, black shows from the get-go had the added promotional value as being viewed as 'cutting-edge' and tghus relatively popular with white viewers as well (meaning, moreso than ever were black viewers of stuff like 'The Lawrence Welk Show' or "Hee Haw" vs. whites interested in 'Soul Train.', etc.

I mean those are strong and mighty factors, big-time money elements, and overall something to keep in mind before one just writes it off as the machinations of a bunch of SWPL Radcliffe and Brown graduates, alongside a buch of the usual cadre of elite jews; it's not all social-engineering, much of it is prudent and wise market research.

And msot of all, one must remember: it IS prime-time television, which is no stranger to the terms 'silly' and 'over-the-top.'

peterike said...

Never heard of this show. But in general, is it my imagination or is the pushing of race mixing getting much more aggressive? Not only is it everywhere in television and movies, but you see it in advertising too. Even in still ads or print. My latest Lands End catalog, of all things, features mostly a black guy, and their website continually shows a smiling mixed race couple and their smiling mocha chillins. This must be a boom time for young mocha models. I see them everywhere I look.


it's not all social-engineering, much of it is prudent and wise market research.

I disagree. Now, marketing to blacks and Hispanics and Asians as such makes sense. Sticking blacks and Hispanics in ensemble movies, ok fine. No argument. But where is the economics in romantic/sexual race mixing? Most real world race mixing is low-end financially (not counting white/Asian). Seeing black men with white women (the most common combination) infuriates black women. How does that help sell to them?

No, this is precisely "the machinations of a bunch of SWPL Radcliffe and Brown graduates, alongside a buch of the usual cadre of elite Jews." These are exactly the people making these very deliberate decisions. The same people who make sure that white fathers are forever the butt of jokes, made to look like stupid, ineffectual idiots constantly.

Remember, not one single mixed-race romance that you see in the media was accidental. Every one of them is a deliberate decision. And it's not about money.

Stirner said...

I have a fantasy of a more reactionary take on the "Undercover Communists in the US" type show.

Season 1: Subversion and penetration of USG and major foundations.
Season 2: Civil Rights movement
Season 3: SDS and the anti-war movement
Season 4: Feminism and Equal Rights
Season 5: The "Nuclear Freeze"
Season 6: Fall of USSR, career reboot running an environmental NGO.

A bit of a broad strokes retcon of history, but if folks will watch the X-Files, the ratings will be there...

kreitzer said...

My wife mentioned wanting to watch this when it came out. I could tell it was gonna be Grey's Anatomy at a fire house. I mentioned I didn't want to watch a show about gay people and black people. She scoffed. 15 min. into the show we were introduced to the black fire chief and the lesbian paramedic. I din't watch the rest.

PA said...

" it IS prime-time television, which is no stranger to the terms 'silly' and 'over-the-top.' "

Hannah Arendt coined a term to describe a system in which legion of petty clerks and other ordinary workers are orchestrated to do seemingly innocuous jobs that collectively restult in a genocide: "the banality of evil."

Primetime television is an arm of cultural warfare directed by people whose goal is genocide.

NZT said...

I'm sure it's not news to you at all, but it's pretty incredible how hard the race-mixing/diversity gets pushed even in commercials these days. It's all blacks, women, and black women in the forefront, with maybe one nebbishy white dude off in the side of the frame (or else in some kind of subordinate role). Even car ads often have chicks impressing the boys with her fancy driving skills. At this point the only ones who seem to be even trying to appeal to white men are the beer and pickup truck companies.

dsgntd_plyr said...

What you describe in season 1-4 of your fake show happened in season 1 of "The Americans."
The wife recruited black civil rights radicals from Philadelphia. She fell in love with one of them.

PA said...

Can any of you imagine such a pro-white, pro-old school fatherhood commercial on American TV? This is at least the years old; it's a New Zealand beer ad. Even with race aside, it's a very inspiring ad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlF5C0iPcpg

By the way, if you have small kids, girls in particular, you may want to get rid of your TV. Now. Who knows what kind of weird imprinting takes place when a child is soaking up all those black-male, white female, doofus white male commercials.

nikcrit said...

Primetime television is an arm of cultural warfare directed by people whose goal is genocide.

A quite serious and specific contention from someone who doesn't watch television.
Might there be at least some less-ideological reasons for television content being what it is? Nothing I said in that rather off-the-cuff essay of a comment precluded ideology from being considered a main motive in Hollywood; rather, i was casually listing the other, rote and industry-minded reasons I routinely assessed when I used to routinely cover entertainment product. My gloss was: it's not ALL ideology.

Pvt. Jaybird said...

If it's not ALL ideology, then why are nearly all doctors in commercials portrayed by black males? I have seen ONE commercial lately featuring a white male, but black females, East Asians, and for crying out loud South Asians and Middle Easterners are NEVER shown as doctors in commercials.

This is anecdotal evidence of course, but I would imagine it's pretty spot on as every time I see a medical/pharmaceutical commercial, I make a point of thanking God for my black doctor out loud.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Yeah Pvt Jaybird - The lack of Asians/Hispanics on tv is a joke, and medical situations are the biggest offenders. Over 20% of all med school admissions now are asian yet shows like Grey's Anatomy are set in seattle yet have multiple blacks MDs and 1 asian. I dislike the cramming of blacks into any situation while Hollywood pretends asians and hispanics dont exist. Nikcrit tries to say it is not ideological when I bring this up but that argument wears thin.

PA - i imagine white kids will grow up and work regular jobs wondering wherethe black guys are since they'll need a college degree and no criminal record.

Thank you all for comments. This show wqs too hysterical to not list the idiocy.

nikcrit said...

Nikcrit tries to say it is not ideological when I bring this up but that argument wears thin.

Not really the intent; i argue the ethnodemographic marketing angle in general vs. the 'p.c. master plan' argument that oft-prevails at alt-right sites. I acknowledge (or 'concede,' if you prefer) leftist narrative bents in Tinseltown.

I guess you have a point re. Asians; even though it's not relevant in terms of a discussion re. national programming, i often drift to my upper-midwest ethnic range when casually commenting, Asian here are 1 or 2% of the population.

Seeing black men with white women (the most common combination) infuriates black women. How does that help sell to them?

True dat, i guess; perhaps it can be explained by something i think might account for part of both your and my theories: western culture, from about mid-to-late 20th-century on, in terms of marketing adn other pop-cult imagery, has exalted the ultimate female as the white woman and the most masculine man the black male.....why, exactly? i don't know, but i think it goes way beyond p.c. propaganda (example: consider some of suburban-elk's comments about Prince in the post a day or two ago; i saw upclose a lot about what he noted and contended, and it was puzzling to me.... I mean, Prince is a 5'2"-inch, 120-lb waif of nebulous gender and sexual identity "am i black or white, am i straight or gay,etc.'

And those proportions come when dressed and in high-heels!

nikcrit said...

SOBL, et.al,

I wondered if you have seen this show yet?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/arts/television/black-ish-a-new-abc-comedy-taps-racial-issues.html?_r=0

It's sort-of interesting in that, while fairly tepid in tone, it goes into race issues and tensions, explicitly mentioning them; also, it breaks black taboo of deploying a self-deprecating-father character, with Anthony Anderson actually doing as much in his family patriarch role (see peterike? the oafish papa isn't necessarily a strictly white trope!).

I caught an episode tonight for the first time; very rare for me to watch any kind of scripted drama. rare times i do, it's dawning on me just how radically different such shows are in tone, style and subject compared to even ten years ago.

Some dude on the internet said...

Network TV is basically on its deathbed. Unsurprisingly, diversifying the cast members of these shows isn't doing anything to help ratings out. I guess when the network TV ship is halfway sunk, they want the people on board the ship to be as diverse and ideologically correct as possible.

peterike said...

What you describe in season 1-4 of your fake show happened in season 1 of "The Americans." The wife recruited black civil rights radicals from Philadelphia. She fell in love with one of them.

Yup. That's when I stopped watching that show.

I still, however, watch "Downton Abbey" despite the egregious race mixing storyline of last season.

Another show of amazing degeneracy is "Broad City," a so-called comedy by two Jewish women that is amazingly offensive. Right of the bat you have one of the women having sex with a black guy. The women are proud sluts in general. And druggies. There is an illegal alien character. It's like watching the poisoned well of the Progressive mind display itself on your screen. Of course, the critics love love love the show.

Anonymous said...

Find any TV show you like, and soon you are introduced to (or have thrust at you) mixed-race couplings. Then, for light relief, there are the ad breaks in the show where mixed-race couples get to do all sorts of homely things.

You think this is how the program makers' world is? Or what they think the viewer's world is? Or is it that they really have no idea of reality at all?

I am leaning towards the latter.

klaydiss said...

I enjoy the Americans and it's take on the Russians is actually somewhat sympathetic. Why? Because the evil Reagan was in charge of the federal bureaucracy during the early 80s.

On the hate scale, the Russians are better than Reagan. That being said, I find the show pretty fair and fun to watch.

As far as Blackish goes, it's not too bad either. I am not a dedicated viewer, but it deals pretty good w/ the class and race issues of a member of the talented 10th trying to balance "keeping it real" w/ common sense.

Re: your chicago fire note, how often do we see white men dating/marrying black women? Remarkably low, I am pretty sure.

NZT said...

"Of course, the critics love love love the show."

Reminds me, I've been seeing an awful lot of hype and praise for Transparent, which I gather is about Jeffery Tambor deciding to become a tranny in his old age. And lately downtown Chicago has been plastered with in-your-face advertising for Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce. Try as one might to come up with a too-ridiculous premise for a hard-left propaganda show, reality always exceeds the imagination.

nikcrit said...

RE. the integrating of Downtown Abbey:
This article was sort-of enlightening to me. Gotta admit, the life of mid-20th-century British pop icons is not a subject I can very well hold forth on.....if the social history of this piece is true, the intro of a balck singer on Downtown Abbey wouldn't be historically incorrect...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/10377794/The-scandalous-truth-about-Downton-Abbeys-royal-gigolo-Jack-Ross.html

peterike said...

Nikcrit, interesting story on Jack Ross. Also interesting: the woman he was most involved with was one Edwina Mountbatten. Well, dear Edwina's grand-father was the super-rich German banker Sir Ernest Cassel. He was also a Jew.

The genetic Jewish tendency for social deviancy clearly did not escape his granddaughter.

The whole story is really quite disgusting.

nikcrit said...

The whole story is really quite disgusting.

I thought it was interesting, partially 'cuz it broached a field and period of English history I knew next-to-nothing about. But mainly in that it seems to be one of those 'true-love' or true fascination stories in that it was doomed from the start but yet their attraction compelled them to throw caution to the wind anyhow.
Yeah, it was certainly doomed; you need some sorta 'normalized' context to make even unusual pairings 'work.' They must've come off like extraterrestials to many in terms of their mores and behaviors. But I don't find it disgusting; leftists would find it tragic, that society forbade their genuine passion for each other, but i'm willing to consider that maybe there was some function or even 'greater good' that made that taboo prime and reflexive during that time.

it's sorta funny; I've heard you talk with disdain of yourself experiencing class condescension and alienation ----- if I recall right; somehow your working-class Catholic background behind dissed by east-coast WASPs of a higher caste or something along those lines, no?
I've seen that before among classic working-to-middle-class 'racists': they become proudly self-indignant and morally righteous toward WASP-prep condescension toward, say, 'Guidos' and other, more horde-like eastern-Eruopean and Southeastern European ethnic whites.
But when it comes time to sock it to the Moolies, well, that's something that should create common-cause with your 'social betters.'
So, I'd bet it is infuriating to see those snobby rich white girls cavorting across racial lines.

nikcrit said...



edit: "background BEING dissed..."

peterike said...

I've heard you talk with disdain of yourself experiencing class condescension and alienation ----- if I recall right; somehow your working-class Catholic background being dissed by east-coast WASPs of a higher caste or something along those lines, no?

While I have a working-class Catholic background, I was never dissed by WASPs because I never touched on those social circles. I literally never knew a single Protestant until I got to college. Just Catholics and Jews. Such is New York. (Ok, maybe some of the hill billy farmers I knew in the Catskills were Protestants, but I didn't know any in the city.)

I've seen that before among classic working-to-middle-class 'racists': they become proudly self-indignant and morally righteous toward WASP-prep condescension toward, say, 'Guidos' and other, more horde-like eastern-Eruopean and Southeastern European ethnic whites.

I'm rather a snob myself, and I've got plenty of condescension for guidos. I never liked that type growing up around them, going to school with them, etc. But not liking someone on a personal level doesn't mean you can't have racial solidarity with them.

But when it comes time to sock it to the Moolies, well, that's something that should create common-cause with your 'social betters.'
So, I'd bet it is infuriating to see those snobby rich white girls cavorting across racial lines.


Sock it to the Moolies!

Of course it doesn't create common-cause with my "social betters" because my social betters in New York are 100% rabid, foaming at the mouth Progressives when it comes to race (at least when it comes to forcing NAMs on the rest of us).

And my racial attitudes are formed in the cauldron of real life. My childhood neighb was increasingly encroached on by blacks through the 60s and 70s, and we went very quickly from a nobody-locks-their-doors neighborhood to literally putting gates up on our doors and windows because of the massive wave of burglaries. And all because of the moolies extending out into our hood.

You really don't have to live with ghetto blacks for more than a few minutes to realize what they're like.

And it's infuriating to see ANY white girls going across racial lines, not just the upper class ones (who do it far less frequently of course). I don't like race mixing of any kind. I don't even like seeing white guys with cute Asian girls. Though I can deal with that as long as they aren't popping out little chink-latto babies. Every time a white breeds with a non-white, an angel loses its wings.

PA said...

So Nikcrit, what is your "message" here: that whites should drop race from their alt-Right platform? That mixing is good and we should just bitch about, I dunno, taxes instead?

nikcrit said...

You really don't have to live with ghetto blacks for more than a few minutes to realize what they're like.

Very true, and truer than I was was true.

And my racial attitudes are formed in the cauldron of real life. My childhood neighb was increasingly encroached on by blacks through the 60s and 70s

I do respect that; I had a bit of the same, but I would bet that you had even more of that firsthand racial realpolitik.

But not liking someone on a personal level doesn't mean you can't have racial solidarity with them.


I feel I have solidarity across racial lines, and I LIKE both races... And I don't feel that blinds me to racial follies and foibles.

So Nikcrit, what is your "message" here:

That understanding another's perspective can be enriching and informative ----- but it doesn't necessarily have to compromise your politics and social 'views.'

Or something like that.... I just come from a formative experience in which, say, oh, you, peterike and Rifleman, have more camaraderie and shared self-interest than do I with them. And accordingly say, Me and Obsidian have more than I do with you guys, merely by dint of racial association, etc...... While it's not better, worse, more or immoral,I have cross-racial perspective that feels natural because I had that breadth of experience from the get-go, hence it's a solid part of my formative experience. So the externally determined exclusion factor feels false.

dsgntd_plyr said...

@petermike

Season 2 of The Americans was GREAT. You missed out. And the Soviets viewed the SJWs as useful idiots who would be easy to turn because they were/are fringe Americans (to steal a Sailerism).

PA said...

"the externally determined exclusion factor feels false."

You said 'feels'. That's key here. You come at things from a subjective angle. And that is a valid commenting style. I think that's my style as well; when at my best I like to think that my subjective, even sometimes solipsistic style, is a rhetorical device for illustrating an objective point I want to communicate.

So as with your subjective "feels," at some point you have to confront objective reality. Is there an externally determined exclusion? And where? With how much custom-accepted grey area?

PA said...

illustrating an objective point I want to communicate

And that is ultimately why people communicate. Sharing one's subjective feelings in a way that does NOT tie into or guide the reader's thoughts toward an objective reality is not communication. It's self-indulgence.

nikcrit said...

PA,
In the last comment of mine you responded to, I totally wiffed the coherency; mean to say: " I just come from a formative experience in which IT FEELS FALSE AND RIDICULOUS TO, say, oh, you, peterike and Rifleman, have more camaraderie and shared self-interest than do I with them...blah, blah."
What i wrote implies almost the opposite minus those several upper-case-letter words..... of course, i'm just saying my cross-racial sense of bond is not a anti-racist pose nor a call for others to do as much, but just a natural development of my formative experince......as for 'feels' vs. 'is' or whatever; i guess i feel what i feel and just accept and understand that many others don't-----point bing, it's not a decree; it's something to take at face-value and nothing more, i.e., from there being no necessary moral judgments or social determinations, etc.... you probably get my drift.

PA said...

I get your drift and I understand. Nonetheless, this isn't guys at work shooting the shit. This whole network of blogs is a political movement with intellectuals and polemicists who drive things, with bloggers, and with commenters. Therefore this is where discussions of things of existential importance are discussed. And you know this.

So you should probably understand that when you take a more contrarian tone (not so much in this thread), you are going against the grain of our ideals. We take this shit seriously...

We're self-aware whites who broke through the fog of uncertainty that an entire nation of blue pill, frustrated, demoralized, "I'm not a racist but" whites are confounded by.

So I guess in your case, you accept that you are not going to redirect this movement in a direction more congenial to your admittedly unusual sensibilities.

At your best, you're a congenial commenter with a few interesting things to say. You also perhaps unwittingly serve as a foil or springboard for guys like me articulating something we want to say. At your worst, though (and we all have our 'worst', LOL) you can be irritating and disrespectful.

I guess if you want to to impact things beyond just shooting the shit with guys, you have your work cut out for you.

dsgntd_plyr said...

"The Americans'" creator is a brother of Slate's editor-in-chief. Their mom has a Wiki entry, and was featured in Gladwell's "The Tipping Point."

eah said...

Last I knew it was the name of a soccer team. Shows much much I keep up with TV. Anyway, it's garbage as you make clear.