Via alicublog, I find this quote from David Vicker of PJ Media:
If annual sales, endorsement deals, and TV ratings are any indicator, the brand of Americanism these swamp rats are peddling is white lightning in a bottle. Down on our luck, out of hope, and sick-and-tired-of-change Americans can’t get enough of Duck Dynasty’s message, or its messengers. They take us back to the ideals that really work in this country.
I find that idea that the popularity of a show necessarily means that its watchers ascribe to its values fascinating. Presumably :
- “Seinfeld” meant that most Americans felt it was time to start masturbating on the honor system.
- “Friends” signaled that Americans all wanted to get a “Rachel” and cordon themselves off into groups of six.
- “Breaking Bad” is a sign that most Americans are about to chuck everything and start cooking meth.
- “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tells us that most Americans are mentally-challenged sociopaths.
YOU WIN THIS ROUND, DAVID VICKER!!!!