September 30, 2008

And You Though Jesus Camp Was Creepy

Same creep factor; different message. Of course these are the kids of "enlightened" and "progressive" media and Hollywood folks. Exploiting them is OK. Because it was totally grassroots.
Sawada {who directed and posted the video} is a teacher at an elite and expensive Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles as part of the Piano faculty. Colburn just built a $120 million 12-story high-rise addition for their musicians. Does a concert-quality musician in an elite school in the middle of the most ego-centric city in the United States count as a "grassroots" effort? Here's a partial list of those who helped produce this "grassroots" effort: * Jeff Zucker — American television executive, and President & CEO of NBC Universal. * Post-producer (former choreographer?) Holly Shiffer. * Motion picture camera operator/steadicam specialist Peter Rosenfeld (appropriately enough, worked in "Yes Man," a movie about " a guy challenges himself to say 'yes' to everything for an entire year." * Darin Moran, another motion picture industry professional, who just finished filming — how appropriate — Land of the Lost. * Andy Blumenthal, Hollywood film editor.
But hey, tomorrow belongs to...


Kat said...

Whoa. This IS creepy. I was LOLing at the second video but it really isn't funny is it?

AN said...

Great post, Annie.

When I was a fourth-grader, Clinton had come into office for the first time. Our elementary school teachers were ecstatic. They had us write reports on the Clinton family, forced us to cut out and paste pictures of the Clinton family in our obligatory journals, and I was of the mind --- something that was completely reflective of imposed, rather than independently formed, ideals --- this was A Great Thing.

Of course, by the time Clinton was out of office eight years later, I was graduating from high school. In the interim I had read Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, and other economists and philosophers. I though Clinton was a joke and his general social policies horrifying.

THAT is the difference between imposed and independently-formed thought. It also goes to show that you can try to create future voters and activists by attempting to brainwash them early in life, but it can backfire. Especially for the most vocal and inquisitive.

AnnieMcPhee said...

It's ok Kat, better to laugh than cry; and I laughed too.

AN - that is actually a very hopeful thought; though I do know it's tough to get many kids to pick up any book outside of enforced reading (I never understood how incurious some of my friends were, or how they could get along without a book in their hands). But there is always a remnant, isn't there? They give me my hope for the future.

For what it's worth I lived through the economic and foreign policy devastation that was the Carter presidency at a time when I was old enough to get it - and to marvel at the difference (immediate in the case of our hostages, almost immediate economically) that Reagan wrought so handily. It was an education in itself, though I didn't learn why it had happened that way until much later when I was finally exposed to sound economics and philosophy as well. We all have our journeys, eh? :)

Ripley said...

After all the times we've seen footage of children singing to Stalin or Hitler or Kim Jong Il, how does anybody see this and NOT get it?!

Show this to your Lib friends; I'll bet you they DON'T get it!

The Great Seal of Obama, the styrofoam pillars, the rally in Berlin, now this....

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. This is both.

Here's a golden oldie:


AnnieMcPhee said...

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. This is both."

Thanks a lot - my keyboard is ruined with Coca Cola now LOL

Ripley said...

Then my work here is done.

Have a hankie.


Eema-le said...

OMFG, they have completely lost their minds. There are very few things as upsetting as brainwashing children.