Go Back   Bloggingheads Community > Diavlog comments
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Diavlog comments Post comments about particular diavlogs here.
(Users cannot create new threads.)

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 06-14-2011, 04:46 PM
Kevin Kevin is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 84
Default Re: The Postmodern Sex Scandal (Dana Goldstein & Amanda Marcotte)

Originally Posted by Mannish Boy View Post
Not to mention that the black guys (almost) only ever get wheeled out to talk about 'black issues'. Although that might have something to do with the paucity of black intellectuals in American public life.
I don't think this holds up. What is a black issue? Skip Gates? Reverend Wright and the South Side? Corruption in the Congressional Black Caucus that may be facilitated by well-intentioned gerrymandering? On all three of these examples, it felt to me like unique and sharp ideas.

In the CBC thing in particular (it wasn't John M, it was Glenn and Yglesias maybe), I think they were actually touching on what does it mean to criticize a "black issue" from within or without the obvious demographic. So it was meta discussion *of* whether or not you need a black analyst to tear in to the CBC when they deserve it, how it changes the equation of how your message will be received, and so on.

I believe Loury & McWhorter have also done a segment on *the phenomenon* of being wheeled out as the black guy in more commercial, restricted media. Like a soundbite or, "so-and-so magazine asked me for a two-graf tribute to MLK and I had mixed feelings about being wheeled out.."

I think when your medium is diavlogs, an hour uninterrupted, and their points can go against the grain in places, go with the grain in places, meta points ... it's completely different from the type of crass "casting" you're referring to.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.