By Catherine A. Lugg
Kitsch-or cheesy, simplistic paintings and artwork forms-is utilized by a variety of political actors to form and restrict what we all know approximately ourselves, what we all know approximately our earlier and our destiny, in addition to what our present-day public coverage strategies could be. utilizing a plethora of historical and modern examples (such as Forrest Gump and Boys Town), the writer maps out how kitsch is hired in a variety of political and academic websites to form public opinion and understandings.
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Despite the claim of a common Judeo-Christian heritage for most Americans, this insults both theological traditions and is a complete distortion of history. S. schoolchildren learn when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. S. political “God” is not the Jewish G-d (to do otherwise is blasphemy), and it is most certainly not Allah. The symbolic use of God in the political arena has become increasingly popular with the advent of television in general and with the rise of the televangelist in par ticular.
27–30. Kitsch and the American Political Spectacle 43 19. Edelman, Constructing the Political Spectacle, pp. 90–102. 20. Molly Ivins, Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? (New York: Vintage Books, 1991), p. 140. 21. See Dan Baum, Smoke and Mirrors: The War On Drugs and the Politics of Failure (New York: Little Brown, 1996). “Costly, destructive, and failing in its state mission, the War on Drugs is government lunacy beyond the wildest waste-fraud-and-abuse accusations of Rush Limbaugh and Ross Perot.
By invoking such old notions of America as “God’s chosen nation,” and admonishing his congregants that “I know why you don’t like the Jew…. He can make more money accidentally than you can on purpose,” 117 Falwell opened himself to charges of being, if not an anti-Semite, an updated nativist. 119 The Moral Majority, in particular, suffered from a grand case of hyperbole, especially when declaring its political breadth and depth. According to Ralph Clark Chandler: Early in 1980 Jerry Falwell claimed that 25 million people watched his “The Old-Time Gospel Hour” each week, a figure increased by an aide to 50 million.
Kitsch: From Education to Public Policy by Catherine A. Lugg