Politics doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
The powers-that-be knew what they were doing in using the entertainment media to shape opinions, tastes, and feelings. It started many decades ago, and it is certainly evident especially around World War II in Hollywood movies. However, it really went into high gear during the 1950s into the 1960s, after which entertainment became mostly propaganda.
I realize some think that entertainment is merely an innocent way for people to pass their leisure time, and that ”people know the difference between reality and entertainment — but do they? I don’t think so. Something seems to put most people’s logical brains to sleep when they are viewing a movie or TV, listening to music, or watching sports.
Changing people’s attitudes and shaping their tastes into something acceptable to the Powers That Be seems to happen while people are lulled into a passive, receptive state.
So yes, pop culture does matter. It isn’t all about politics, ”isms”, ideologies, and elections.
All our discussions about how and why our civilization was subverted and our country so politically corrected can be resolved by reading some of the comments at Steve Sailer’s blog on Prince’s death.
‘The mid-80s might have been the peak of interracial optimism in the US. There was a general optimism with Reagan’s “Morning in America” reelection campaign, the economic boom, the LA Olympics, the renovation of the Statue of Liberty, and the afterglow of America’s first victorious war in ~40 years. On top of that, blacks and whites both listened to Prince and Michael Jackson, both watched The Cosby Show, watched Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as friendly NBA competitors, etc.’
Anybody notice what I see here? The fact that black and white tastes seemed to converge in the 80s does not say that blacks had begun to assimilate; rather it shows that Whites assimilated to black culture. It’s we who were assimilated and absorbed. The state of things in the 80s is not something to be celebrated, but it was a fulfillment of the prophecies of the older generations in the South during the days of the Civil Rights coup: they said that “integration” of the races would lead to our children becoming more like blacks culturally, and our race adopting black social mores. Enough said.
Even the hard-core ”bigots” on some alt-right blogs praised Prince. Even ‘conservatives’ found little to complain about in Prince’s lewd lyrics.
One commenter on Sailer’s blog acknowledges the raunchiness of Prince’s lyrics and persona.
“You leave out of the Prince being out of line with trends argument what is to me Prince’s defining characteristic, aside from being a hometown hero and the Other Michael Jackson: his raunchiness. There is a perpetual arms race in pop music to be more sexually suggestive, or outright explicit. I can’t put into words what it means to be a ten year old watching Prince videos, with endless busty beauties writhing on him, fingers stroking flower petals, assless pants, etc. I was traumatized by his performance of “Get Off” live on MTV, with its simulated homoeroticism.
Madonna probably won, but Prince was the premier male “Do it!” rocker of his day. Tipper Gore certainly thought so.
By the way, he did this while also pumping out hits and appealing to a wide audience.”
Would Prince, or Michael Jackson for that matter, have appealed to a ‘wide’ (mostly White) audience a few decades earlier?
Pop culture does matter. It is the prime vehicle for social engineering in our day.