The Problem with Conservatives and Culture
I’ve seen the previews for the new Matt Damon and John Krasinski film “Promised Land” all over the TV for at least a week now. You can tell the entire plot from just those previews: evil guy comes to take the land and make a profit (and employ people, but I’m sure that won’t ever be mentioned) but a nice guy comes to rally the locals to save the land and make the world greener and happier (and unemployed). In the end, evil guy will realize the error of his ways and recognize that nice guy is right and fight against his bosses. If the two leads were of opposite gender they’d probably become a couple in the end too.
While “Promised Land” is predictable liberal bile, the film and its premise will no doubt be filled with lies and deception – it’s what the left does. And naturally, the right tries to call them out on it. In this case, the director of a pro-fracking documentary is waging a “one man war” against Promised Land:
“Promised Land,” the new Gus Van Sant film about the controversial technique that acquires natural gas through drilling and pressurized fluid, stars and was written by Damon and costar John Krasinski, opens nationally Friday.
Phelim McAleer is launching a one-man campaign to call Damon out about the film. McAleer directed the documentary FrackNation, along with his wife Ann McElhinney, and the film paints a more sympathetic portrayal of fracking and aims to dispel some of the misinformation that McAleer and McElhinney believe have dominated the debate over the procedure’s environmental and health impact.
“This is classic propaganda,” McAleer told POLITICO. “It’s political from the beginning to the very end.” And that, according to McAleer, represents a large part of his problem with “Promised Land.”
Since the Republican loss last November, a lot of the blame has been placed on the right’s loss in the culture and rightly so. This is a classic example. The left makes movies (an integral part of the culture) while the right makes documentaries and reacts on cable news. There’s nothing wrong with documentaries, in fact for people who are seeking to persuaded one way or another on an issue documentaries might be the way to go.
However, films like “Promised Land” seep into the subconscious of people who go to the movies to see Matt Damon and that guy from The Office in a movie. They go to see the film and the plot and come out believing fracking is a satanic plot to catch the world on fire. They will never know that “FrackNation” exists or that it uses facts and the truth rather than plots and millionaire actors.
Documentaries are fine, but conservatism has to find a way to compete with the left in the culture from movies and music and everything else if it wants to survive. “Promised Land” is just one glaring example why.