Sunday, December 24, 2006

An Unexpected Christmas Eve Comment

Well, I said I'd be taking a few days away from the blogosphere unless something notable happened to make me post. Well, it has. And I don't know what to make of it.

For those of us with any age at all under our belts, we remember the ubiquitous holiday movies and television specials. We tended to look forward to them every year. Living out in the boondocks as I do, I watch satellite television much more than I do network or local television, but even on satellite, one can generally see plenty of Christmas-related offerings.

This year seems different. While I've seen a few Christmas-themed things advertized, the large majority seem to have NOTHING to do with Christmas. More appallingly, some movie channels are offering things that would be the LAST thing you'd expect to see aired at Christmas. I am talking about things like "The Omen," "Cape Fear," various slasher epics, etc. Or, you see a film ostensibly about Christmas only to find the storyline taking some perverse twist from what the season is supposed to mean.

A sign of the times? Perhaps. I truly don't think this represents the majority of Americans, however the media continues their juggernaut to form a society more akin to their secularist likings. Fox News Channel has commendably tried to buck the trend, but even some of their offerings raise my eyebrows. As an aside, ever wonder why the movie "The Nativity Story" hasn't been marketed or covered as well as "The Passion of the Christ?"

I expect we'll see more down the road. The wild-eyed left feels energized because the Democrats recaptured Congress. This would not have happened without the aggressive propaganda from the mainstream media. I am not saying the Bush Administration didn't have missteps. Believe me, I'm pretty irritated with George. However, one should not underestimate the impact the media had on this past election.

Finally, while I am ragging on the media, I want to climb on Fox News Channel's case. It does little good to comment on the outrage of the way the beauty pageant contestants are behaving, only to have you guys actually show the racy photos in question. Even the legitimate pageant photos are nothing more than soft core pornography. Years ago, you might have been able to watch a pageant with your family, even during the swimsuit portion. At one time, the swimsuits were modest. Now, they might as well be nude, and I have to wonder at the judgment of any parent (especially Christian parents) that would watch these things or allow their children to watch them. And the news channels don't need to show two teen girls French-kissing to get their point across. Believe it or not, some kids do watch the news. You shouldn't have to give the evening news or talk show programs an "R" rating.

Enough rant. You get the idea.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Palm boy said...

Sounds like a good summation of the season.
But it's still a merry christmas.

SolaMeanie said...

Yes, Palm is. Good because we know the One whom the season celebrates.

Thanks for a good, appropo reminder! Rant over. At least for this week! :)

crownring said...

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Sola! :)

BTW, my favorite Christmas inflatable decoration is the Grinch. I think the Dr Suess story "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" makes the point well. As does that old Peanuts Christmas special from 1965.

Peace to you and all who post on The Seventh Sola. :)