Culture At War – The Year Pop Culture Was Politics

“The past 12 months put forth two faces because American entertainment was riven by partisan politics and the culture wars emanating from them. We saw all the symptoms of split personality play out every day on our TVs, DVDs, CD racks, bookshelves, and movie screens, in reds and blues that rarely blended into a peaceful and Princely purple. Even the most benign of pop provocations — a metal-clad aureole, stage prattle from Linda Ronstadt, ”Saving Private Ryan” — were transformed into politically divisive events analyzed relentlessly on talk radio.”