Hollywood and Social Values
The Dole/Medved attack on Hollywood's nihilism, undermining of social values, promotion of violence and social decay, etc. is interesting because it echos an earlier radical discourse. In fact, in a curious way the Right has taken up many of the 1960s Left's worst arguments: the virulence of the Right discourse on the State before and in the wake of the Oklahoma bombings echos some of the most extreme argument's of 60s ultraLeftism. And in response to the Clinton administration critiques of talk radio, increased FBI surveillance, restriction on rights to bear guns and firearms of various sorts, etc, the more moderate Right of Dole, et al, is coming on like Left libertarians, protecting our rights, etc.
Well, in fact, Hollywood film, like all forms of media culture is a contested terrain, a cultural arena where all the social forces advance their positions. Some Hollywood films are disgustingly sexist, racist,homophobic, mindlessly violent, anti-social, etc, though these are mostly rightwing films. Other films undermine sexism, racism, etc and advance pro-social values of various sorts. So, yes, Hollywood films are saturated with social values, or undermine dominant values in various ways, but this requires highly differentiated contextualization, ideological analysis and critique, etc, and not one-dimensional denunciation.
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