Sat, 20 January 2007
Welcome to Episode 18 of Light On Light Through - Keith Olbermann, Jack Bauer, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge ... What do these three have in common? Well, last Tuesday evening, Olbermann delivered a diatribe about 24 and Jack Bauer, as perhaps deliberate tools of the Bush administration to frighten the American people about terrorism, and thereby shore up support for its policies. I say Olbermann misunderstands how people enjoy fiction, and recommend to him and his producers an acquaintance with Coleridge's "willing suspension of disbelief". I also recommend Thomas Jefferson, for his confidence in human rationality and his distrust of anything that smacks of calling for censorship...
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Mr Levinson, As someone who\\\'s seen every episode of 24 and watches Countdown every night, might I say that I don\\\'t think Olbermann talks about 24 the way he does merely as a call for blind censorship, but it\\\'s because many GoP in congress have actually quoted and brought up the show and the Bauer character in congressional speeches and hearings as justification for things like \\\"extreme interrogation\\\" (aka torture). They are using the popularity of a fictional show to manipulate the Americans who watch it. Justifying real-world torture (proven not to work in almost all cases) because it \\\"works\\\" in a fictional TV show is why Olbermann brings it up in Countdown. Also of note is that Bush and Cheney have both said it\\\'s their favorite show I believe, so you know the show can\\\'t be trusted. heh