So we don’t have TV at home (although we did just get cool Netflix streaming movies via our PS3), so I’ve been spared the endless procession of talking heads that makes up out political commentary for most of my time.
But I do watch TV when I travel, and on one trip to the East Coast I did catch a bit of Glenn Beck. I’d turned off the volume to make a call, and left it off while I worked a bit. Beck came on with the volume still off, and I had this visceral negative reaction to him without knowing who he was or what he was talking about. I watched for a bit, saw his logo and realized who he was, and still tried to figure out my reaction.
Totally unbidden, I remembered reading Heinlein’s ‘Future History’ as a kid, and the image of America as a Christian religious dictatorship that those stories carried.
I’ve listened to Beck since then, and what he says seems to be generic Fox talking head commentary, which doesn’t usually bother me (I’m friends with some of them!). But there’s still something about the guy that seriously creeps me out. And then today reading on Memeorandum that he’s putting together a 100-year plan, the hackles did rise.
Is this anyone else’s experience? Any idea what it is?