A Suspicious Mind

I have a suspicious mind. Texas Grandma and I went to see “Cars 2” yesterday, and it was a fun show to watch – I enjoyed it.

I have to take note, however, that this show had an agenda:

It portrayed big oil as evil and greedy, and “green” alternative fuel as good and wholesome. Less important, but it also portrayed older cars as evil.

Just a little message that was made intrinsic to the plot – that is being soaked up by almost every kid in America.

No critical thinking, no discussion – just propaganda. Most of what comes out of Hollywood is like that to some extent nowadays. We need to start taking note what the left is planting in these shows which are aimed at kids. Because this is one of the left’s biggest weapons – a propaganda machine aimed at children. The left has pretty much got control of the schools, and Hollywood.

Is this particular example intentional, or is it just a side effect of what the writers believe? I don’t know – but the effect is the same, either way. An uncritical message delivered directly to minds that are learning about the world, that don’t yet have the defenses of the adult mind (critical thinking).

Of course, these days, most adults don’t do critical thinking, either.

Addendum, 7/15/2011: Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks this is an issue.


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2 Responses to A Suspicious Mind

  1. Dawndrea says:

    Think you may be ready a little too much into it. I am pretty knowledgeable about “Cars” since your grandson insists on watching the first one everyday and I can actually name every character and just about name the makes of each car character. ( imagine Texas Grandma can too) Took the kids to see “Cars 2” yesterday. “Old cars” aren’t the villians, “Lemons” are the villains. Not even all lemons are villians( car at the beginning of the movie, I believe his name was Ottis) Radiator Springs is full of old cars, no villains. How old do you think Mater would be? Plot of the story, a certain type of car, (race if you will) got tired of being made fun of and oppressed so they decided to rise up( maliciously, and hense a villain born) As far as greedy oil/green good thought. That particular green fuel ended up being gasoline incognito and Philmore’s organic fuel saved the day. How many problems can a world full of cars have that would make a good story that ultimately kids would want to see, making Pixar money? I agree “New Fuel” is a consept that my and my kids generation will have to face. Good or bad. As of yesterday, my kids were tickled to watch McQueen race and Mater fly and even learned to except others even if they acted a little different and to always be yourself.

    Go to the movies to let go of reality, where the stunts defy physics, there are characters that only live in imagination, and where there is sounds in the vacuum of space.

    • popgun says:

      Hi, Dawndrea;

      My point is not about the details of the movie. The main thing I object to is the vilification of “big oil”, and glorification of “new fuel” at a time when “big oil” could singlehandedly solve our economic crisis / employment crisis if our illustrious government was not dead set on transitioning to “new fuel” even though that technology is not economically viable – in fact, does not exist.

      The liberal left are convinced that oil and coal based fuels will destroy the world, and are therefore “against” them – but there is no economically viable alternative at this point in history. If we quit burning oil and coal, our civilization would collapse. 49% of energy consumed in Texas comes from coal, and the EPA is passing rules that will soon shut down 16 coal fired power plants, as a for instance.

      I’m not against transitioning to “new fuel” – but there isn’t one to transition to, at this point. And when they do, it must be economically viable.

      If our government would allow “drill here, drill now”, the employment problem would pretty much vanish, and it would eliminate the $600 – $700 billion dollars we spend overseas to buy oil – oil that gets burned, anyway, thus not doing anything to help the environment. And I would expect gasoline at the pump to drop back down to half what it is now, too, at some point. True, it would take a couple of years to ramp up production, to have that impact.

      This movie presents only one side of a debate in very simplified terms, to children who have no concept of the other side of the debate. Those kids will grow up with this distorted view as part of their mind-picture of how things really are. Given the liberal bias in our schools (maybe not so much in Texas – but most places in the U.S.), these kids might be at voting age before they are even exposed to the idea that oil has done us an incredible amount of good.

      The movie isn’t a big deal – except that this idea surfaces again and again in the media – for instance, the movie Wall-E was an unabashed piece of environmentalist propaganda, as well as being a fun movie to watch.

      I don’t like propaganda in any guise, and I never will. I don’t like attempts to manipulate how I think by distorting the facts. And for those reasons I don’t like to see it being done to my grandkids, or any others. I would really prefer that cartoons just went back to being cartoons, which were fun to watch but mostly had no particular political message.

      With all respect and love,
      – Popgun

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