Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: entertainment

485. Get To Know

You can’t get to know each other in a dark theater.

475. Quote: Your Dad on Humor and Restraint

“Humor in entertainment allows people to simultaneously show repulsion and acceptance in a socially acceptable way. If we laugh, even nervously, and see our neighbor laughing also, we convince ourselves that we are not all that bad; we are average. In this way humor is subversive to social and moral responsibility because we judge ourselves by ourselves. This subjective standard is the weakest of all barometers since it changes with the times and is not subject to any scrutiny, except a cultural backlash advocating higher morals. Sadly, history shows that those requesting higher moral standards are quickly silenced in the name of free expression. And that is perhaps the greatest irony: those advocating free expression work hardest to silence those expressing a desire for social self-restraint.”

—Your Dad, from an essay on the misrepresentation of women in media

409. Entertainment’s Depravity

Entertainment has exhausted the drama of the bad person doing wrong. Sadly, they now try to convince us that there are few who are truly bad and there is little truly wrong.

378. Quotes: Your Dad on Great Art

“Great art does not push aside the moral boundaries of the past, it pushes the art form forward. I do not believe that safe and status quo films, though decently acted, should garner awards. Those films which push the art form forward and add to its rich heritage should attain that distinction.”

—Your Dad

166. Best Story

Those who tell the story best, own it.

58. Entertainment

Entertainment is just that. Don’t be like the fools whose politics or morals are informed by entertainment.

44. Media

The media is not on the side of the common person.

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