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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Two Minutes Hate

It was just a passing comment in a story about the state of media today, but it struck a long-lost chord.
..."[L]ots of folks seem oddly resigned to living in a culture where anyone who is even remotely a public figure must expect to be defined by the least flattering thing they've ever said or done. Let the public mask slip for a moment . . . and you've only yourself to blame when, predictably, it becomes the focus of today's Two Minute Hate. Is this a culture anyone actually wants to live in?"
Two Minutes Hate. I hadn't even thought about that term since I put down a copy of George Orwell's 1984. Lefties have always held up Orwell as one of their shining literary lights and sadly, many of the ideas he conceived in 1949 came to fruition either by 1984 -- or today.

With security cameras on many corners and flat screen TVs all the rage, we have the makings for the telescreens that dominated life in 1984.

But that technological similarity doesn't come close to the what might be more accurately called the Two Hours Hate, the daily rants of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck at selected targets, repeated on a regular basis until they stick like glue.

Even if they may not be true.

Life imitating art. It's enough to send a chill up your spine, not matter how hot and humid it may be.

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