Thursday, November 29, 2012
Barker's Newsbites: Thursday, November 29, 2012
I miss Glenn Beck's television show on Fox.
(Note: The moment "He Whose Name Dare Not Be Mentioned" reads the above line he's gonna freak... so... let's all pray he's not taking a sip of hot coffee at the exact moment the above words register...)
(*HUGE FRIGGIN' GRIN*)
What I like about Beck is that he's one of the few media figures who actually expand my informational horizons beyond mere "details" inherent in the very concept of "news."
Beck's show was not only entertaining; it was informative! (And I'm talking informative at a sophisticated level!)
(Note: "He Whose Name Dare Not Be Mentioned" is right now literally sputtering... talking aloud to himself... let's hope he's not with clients!)
Anyway... at the moment I'm reading Beck's new novel, "Agenda 21".
(Note: It's being claimed that Beck did no writing... that he simply bought the rights to the work of Harriet Parke - who is listed as co-writer. In any case, the book is the book.)
So far it's a pretty good read. A bit over the top, but then again, wasn't Animal Farm, 1984, Atlas Shrugged, and so on and so forth?
No... I'm not claiming that Agenda 21 is an "instant classic" let alone "timeless classic." I'm simply pointing out that thought provoking writing need not be "realistic" in terms of detail, but rather that it must reflect a concept that has roots in reality.
My like-minded friends might wanna read Beck's (Parke's) Agenda 21.
But pushing the book isn't my point here...
Nope! What I'm actually asking you all to do is to read the following "reviews" - one (poison) penned by Sarah Cypher and carried in Slate; another (poison) penned by "Thinking Blue" and carried in the Daily Kos.
Folks... it's not simply the hatred that shine through. No. It's the totalitarian mindset on review!
Ya know... I was originally planning on highlighting what I'm referring to... but on second thought... I'm not going to. I'll leave it to you - my readers - to decide whether I have a point or not.
One final thought on "Beck hatred": You'll find it all over the web. Google "Beck + Agenda 21" and you'll come across "commentary" that makes Cypher and "Thinking Blue" sound reasonable and measured in comparison!
Anyway, folks... on to newsbites! (As always... found within the Comments section of this post!)