Late Night: “Make it Sexy” (video)

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 8:00 pm

You want the system changed, Medicare for all, economic equality, green energy? Find a way to make it sexy. Make it sexy to everyone. Masculine and sexy. Feminine and sexy.  Make it look like George Hamilton and Marilyn Monroe. Make it fun.

 

Russell Brand-Bashing and the Left’s Preferred Powerlessness

By: Friday November 1, 2013 5:50 am

A recent viral video of British comedian Russell Brand taking on a smug and dismissive BBC Newsnight interviewer by the name of Jeremy Paxman, and ending with Brand making a fervent case for social revolution, has had a surprisingly substantial impact, grabbing the attention of Facebookers, Tweeters, independent journalists and mainstream media alike.

Although certain establishment gatekeepers eagerly took it upon themselves to denounce Brand’s remarks as “trivial” and “half-baked,” many others warmly received his call for revolution and remarkably, his radical analysis of the status quo broke through what is normally a fairly strict firewall erected by the mainstream media to shield the general public from “dangerous” and “subversive” ideas.

Russell Brand, Lloyd Dobler And Finding Your Inner Dorothy

By: Monday October 28, 2013 6:30 pm

In Keeping up with the Joneses”Jones” is a construct, a shackle. And don’t you know, Jones is like the show put on by the Wizard of OZ to scare you into submission. Time for us all to find our inner Dorothys, click our heels together and build a new world called home. A new world called home. Stop the machine and build a new world called home.

Anti-Russell Brand Talking Points

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 12:45 pm

Nevermind the ecological crisis, worsened most notably through increased concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and don’t worry about the political class and its fealty to fossil fuel interests, banksters, and spies — what’s important about the world is that Russell Brand is silly, and that’s all you need to know about why we don’t need a revolution.

Longtime Blogger Matt Stoller to Appear as Show Regular on Russell Brand’s TV Show on F/X, Premiering Tonight

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:36 pm

I saw a live preview of this show back in February in Los Angeles, and I can say that it represents a major shift in the range of opinions allowed on broadcast television. What passes for “liberal” on TV and in most of our media is extremely narrowed and constrained, with views very much in line with the political establishment. Heck, Richard Cohen is still seen as a liberal voice on the Washington Post editorial page. But this show, if the previews are any indication, will deconstruct the media and describe its narratives, in ways we haven’t really seen before.

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