Category Archives: The Politics of Resentment

Running on Resentment

From 1969 to 1971 CBS had a big hit with Hee-Haw – which was a slap-back at Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – the “irreverent” hit show for the hip antiestablishment counterculture. Laugh-In was urban and almost urbane – the product of smart and witty people … Continue reading

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Offering Smiling Resentment

We are our heroes, and there was a time in America when everyone loved Gomer Pyle – the character played by Jim Nabors in that sitcom that ran from 1964 through 1969, the year that America finally seemed to have … Continue reading

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Painful to Watch

Some things are just too painful to watch. Back east, at the moment, it’s the woeful Boston Red Sox, and out here on the west coast it’s the impossible San Diego Padres – long baseball games which offer a few … Continue reading

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The Limits of Encouraging Resentment

The year the Democrats met in Boston and nominated John Kerry, and that unknown senator from nowhere, Barack Obama, gave that stirring keynote speech about how we’re all in this together, and we are our brother’s keeper, and we can … Continue reading

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Rooting for the Underdog for No Particular Reason

You know what happens. You’re in one of those discussions of how the world’s a mess and no one is doing anything remotely sensible to make things better, and a cool idea occurs to you, and you tentatively offer a … Continue reading

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Dumb or Smug – But Useful

Orwell warned us about 1984 – but he didn’t warn us about PowerPoint. The first version of that presentation software came into the world on August 14, 1984 – designed for the Macintosh and called “Presenter.” In 1987, as it … Continue reading

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No Satisfaction at All

Maybe you had to be there in 1979 in the makeshift studio in the basement of an old house in Binghamton, New York, where we were recording what must have been something like art-rock. The reggae version of the Sesame … Continue reading

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