NEA: National Endowment for the Art of propaganda

Well, it looks like the politicisation of supposedly independent bodies continues apace: the NEA was involved in organising a conference call on using its (federal) funding to create art to promote the current government's agenda.

These f*cktards need to just take one step back -- imagine if someone in the Reagan, Bush 41 or 43 White Houses had called up and said "we want the NEA to start funding art work in support of Star Wars, détente, the Gulf War, or similar". They would have been screaming from the rooftops and complaining about politicisation and using federal funds for party political ends.

But because the arts world is overflowing with Obamabots, they just take it on themselves to do exactly that, and it's just fine and dandy. After all, they have perfect intentions and are always right, so anyone who might possibly disagree with them is ipso facto evil. It can't possibly be party political, because their side is objectively right. :x

Roll on 2010/2012...
Talk about going off the deep end. It'd appear that reading comprehension isn't that blogger's strong suit. If you read the email he was sent you'd see the fourth paragraph is about promoting civic-mindedness, not mobilizing the art community for a government-sponsored ad campaign. Now, for some reason, the far right wing- led by the craziest/dumbest woman in American politics- Michele Bachmann*- has it in their heads that volunteerism and public service is the modern day equivalent of the SA/Cheka- depending on which mixed metaphor they're using on any given day. Kind of ironic when you consider the stock the Right traditionally places on volunteerism through church and other groups & philanthropy to cope with social ills, not to mention things like military service.

Of course, the idea of co-option of the art world for political purposes is becoming a little cottage industry in itself, with Fox News newest addition to Nurse Ratched's ward- our good friend, Glenn Beck- getting in on the act too:


Meanwhile the grown-ups are actually trying to fix things and all the Right are doing is spouting off horse-shit like this. Take a lesson from the Brits, Seppo's and get the opposition into some sort of order pretty damn sharpish. New Labour had the benefit of the Tories running around like headless chickens for a decade... and look where that got us. There are still one or two conservatives out there who are capable of talking some sort of sense, but you sure as hell won't find them blogging or on Directv Channel 360.

Edit: On reflection, perhaps this new-found enthusiasm for the art world comes from the Right's embrace of postmodernism:
"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'
Ron Suskind, "Without a Doubt", New York Times Magazine
You didn't listen to the conference call then?
"We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to 'shape the lives' of those around us. The now famous Obama 'Hope' poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and’s 'Yes We Can' song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election. "
Firstly, you need to learn the difference between raising issue awareness and advocacy. It is possible to highlight issues without pushing forward a particular line of policy. If you look at the Rock the Vote artwork he shows on the blog, you'll see that it only calls for healthcare reform. The need to extend healthcare coverage is pretty much the consensus view- as articulated by the leaders of both parties. There are only a few people on the far right with their heads in the sand saying everything's fine and nothing needs to be done- and I doubt they'd be saying that without hefty contributions from the insurance companies. Nowhere on that artwork is a call for universal, single-payer health care, a "public option, tax breaks for health insurance or any other proposal that's been put out there.

The deft use of art and iconography in the 2008 campaign is a fact and it had a tremendous effect to mobilise a hitherto uninvolved public. The tone of description suggests to me that they were using it as an example that's fresh in everyone's mind. Do you have any doubt that if there was a soundbite or quote from the conference call that stated that they were looking for people to push the White House policy proposals he'd be screaming it from the roof tops?

Like this blogger, you're grasping at straws, Stoaty. Step away from the keyboard. The hicks are angry enough already.
This is the e-mail from the NEA comms director:

And from the conference call itself (there was more but i can't find it right now - dinner time):

YOSI SERGANT: ... brand-new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government, what that looks like legally. We're still trying to figure out the laws of putting government Web sites on Facebook and the use of Twitter.

This is all being sorted out. We are participating in history as it's being made. So bear with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely and we can really work together move the needle and to get stuff done.
You have to be really wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one...
What the Right have forgotten, Stoaty, is that it's EVERYBODY'S government, not just the government of those who are in love love with Changey McHope. Do you remember how his presidency began with how he wanted to reopen the idea of reasoned debate on an issue- and what did the country get in response? Tea Parties, Birthers, Death Committees and all kinds of batshit nonsense.

I know that there are reasonable, bright conservatives out there, but they're not the ones who are controlling the agenda of the Right in the US right now and for as long as the lunatics are running the asylum the Republican Party is going to be in the shitter and the democrats will keep holding on to power because of the total absence of GOP leadership.
In the words of Aaron Sorkin:

"People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."
The Left also forgot it in 2001 and set the pattern (remember "not my president"?) Sauce - goose - gander etc.

Barry also called the R senators in to a conference and basically told them he was in charge now, so they should shut it. And then re-defined bipartisanship as "we do what we want, and you get to vote for it too". 'The reasoned debate and bipartisanship was just show for the campaign trail. His czar appointments, Pelosi & Reid saw to that.

He's the first president in history to anger the moderate/conservative base so much that they actually go to demonstrations! Historically that's an occupation reserved almost exclusively for the left's professional rentamobs.

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