Conservatives, You Need to Watch Girls
Only by participating in the culture can you change it: Kurt Schlichter
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:13 PM CST
This undated image released by HBO shows Lena Dunham in a scene from the series "Girls."   (AP Photo/HBO, JoJo Whilden)

(Newser) – It seems there's nothing about Girls a conservative would enjoy: creator Lena Dunham is a card-carrying member of the Obama faction, and the HBO show features no references to religion or traditional morality (nor any Republican characters). But if conservatives are going to complain about the state of our culture, they can't just ignore shows like Girls. In fact, they should be watching such shows, argues Kurt Schlichter on Only by doing so can they join in the conversation about our culture—which is currently "a cesspool"—and ultimately "act to change it."

By remaining safely within the cocoon of rightwing media and family-friendly entertainment, conservatives are basically shutting themselves in "a closed loop echo chamber," Schlichter argues. That's why many—himself included—were so surprised when Mitt Romney lost the election. "By not participating [in non-conservative media], you miss the larger discussions that pop cultural events outside your safety sphere spawn. You cede the culture to the liberals, and we’ve seen how that’s played out." Instead, conservatives should be working to take over "the reins of pop culture." Click for Schlichter's full column.

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Feb 8, 2013 7:18 AM CST
Good thing very few people watch HBO anyway.
Feb 2, 2013 10:48 AM CST
For me personally, there are only two books ever written in all of human history that have any genuinely deep importance, the Bible (circa 500 BC) and Brave New World (circa 1932 AD). Most people have at least a cursory knowledge of the Bible, but not many have read Brave New World. In Brave New World, there are no "families" and children are produced in factories and raised to be workers and consumers by state run corporations. Marriage and monogamy, mothers and fathers, are repugnant and barbaric relics of the past. The book revolves around coming across a small band of savages on reservations who still hold on to primitive, barbarous and repugnant practices such as women still engaging in "natural" childbirth, and what happens when one of these primitive savages is brought back into civilized society. The society we are living in today is still somewhere in between the rapidly fading old world of the Bible and the rapidly oncoming dawn of a Brave New World.
Feb 1, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Girls? Conservatives need to be informed about other things first like science, logic and rational thinking.