Blevins: Call for boycott is unsettling

To the editor:

The Ministry of Truth and the boycott of the Dixie Chicks are both brought to mind by Kathryn Lopez’s editorial in the Dec. 29 edition of the Craig Daily Press (also in National Review).

In the novel, “1984,” the Ministry of Truth was responsible for controlling all that you saw and heard in order to make you believe the “Truth.” Ms. Lopez seems to want to control your entertainment so that you will believe her version of “Truth.”

Undoubtedly, beautiful music was lost to the world when the country music community boycotted the Dixie Chicks because of their opposition to our wars.

While Ms. Lopez did not explicitly call for a boycott, she strongly implied that some of Ms. Hough’s work should not have been produced. Given the effectiveness of the previous boycott, it is reasonable to be very concerned. The world will never know what was not created because of the boycott of the Dixie Chicks.

Freedom of speech is critical to a democracy. Ms. Lopez should be able to explain her social engineering concepts to her heart’s content. Any suggestion by her that entertainment should be controlled for social engineering purposes should be ignored.

Jim Blevins

Comments

mfbbf 3 years, 3 months ago

I have a small problem with the Dixie Chicks reference. I'm tired of people blaming others for their problems. PEOPLE! There are consequences to your actions...good or bad. "The world will never know what was not created", NOT because of the boycott of the Dixie Chicks, but rather because of the ACTIONS that led to the boycott of the Dixie Chicks. The First Amendment may give them the right to say what they want, but it also gives us the right to disagree. The boycott says "we disagree". My dad used to have a lot of quirky sayings, but the one that stick with me the most is "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

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taxslave 3 years, 3 months ago

Media has been controlled for social engineering purposes for decades....hello. It's the tv that tells you how you should be living, what you should have, when you should shop, what medications you should be taking for this, that and anything else that itches your butt.

It shows you phoney reality tv shows, as if they are real. How many of you hang around with the Barbie & Ken commentators? It tells you how to think and what you are if you don't think like that....political incorrect is the slogan. bs is bs

On another note I'm offering up to you a very big "tip"...do with it as you may.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnfJTVr5jnU

Cartoon does an excellent job of explaining things. Truth has been buried so deep one must use a dragline.

I don't think you can buy metals on credit cards any longer, only debit....but I might be wrong.

Good luck. Our future is grim.

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LarrySpalding 3 years, 3 months ago

I did like the song "Earl". regardless of their lack of respect for the United States of America, and the Presidency of GW Bush. My son had bought their CD after seeing them at the community concerts here in Craig. Unfortunately, it got stepped on during the teenage response to their dissing our country.They have freedom of speech. So do we all. As long as you have the guts to speak out, we will retain it.

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