Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

A graphic history of the culture wars

culture wars.pngOr, what was it about the 90s? Courtesy culturomics.

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posted February 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

I’d guess that negative emotions like fear are hard to keep perpetually turned on. So people habituate to stimuli or concepts and they lose their visceral punch. Being cynical, I assume that people using these concepts to manipulate others figure out they are losing their effectiveness and control. So they move on to new tools.
So as people habituated to the concept of homosexuality, the new fear meme of gay marriage shows up. If you graph them you’ll notice as one tails off the other ramps up.
The “war on Christmas” also starts around 2000 as well.

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posted February 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

You’re forgetting two other “wars” that were being exploited by the Radical Right earlier. “Communists under every bed” was very big in the early ’50s & then gradually lost potency, until it shriveled up and blew away by the ’90s. “African-Americans marrying your sister” peaked in the 1960s & had mostly disappeared as a head-on issue (it still survives in indirect form & is virulent in the privacy of all-Right enclaves, of course) a couple of decades later. Consider the three functions marked on the graph as replacement “fear-gatherers” as earlier memes lost potency.
Of course the other thing is the emerging respectability of Fascist themes in the mainstream politics and press, due to major organization and money poured into the field during the 1970s (including the seeding of right-wing “think” tanks, the capture of the NRA and Southern Baptist Convention hierarchies, the emergence of major league hate radio etc).

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posted February 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

Of course, with the ever-increasing number of ‘culture warriors’ getting caught having gay affairs, their ‘values’ plummet in the public’s eye. They say one thing and do another.
Pharisees and hypocrites – VIPERS.

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