April 15, 2005


South Park Conservatives: Snapshot of the Culture Wars (Edward B. Driscoll, Jr., 4/15/05, Tech Central Station)

One of the side benefits of presidential elections every four years is that it allows for fairly close readings of where America's culture as a whole currently stands. That's one reason so many books on the topic are released shortly after each presidential election's conclusion. One of the newest is Brian C. Anderson's "South Park Conservatives," the title of which will be familiar to Tech Central Station readers. The name is based in part on a piece that Stephen Stanton wrote for TCS back in 2002 called "South Park Republicans."

Anderson, the senior editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, uses fans of the popular -- and controversial -- Comedy Central animated series as a metaphor to describe the changing face of conservatism.

What Is a South Park Conservative?

"In my book", Anderson recently told me, "the term refers to a kind of irreverent post-liberal or anti-liberal attitude or sensibility, one very in tune with popular culture. But it's not a coherent, fully developed political philosophy. You do find this attitude among a lot of younger Americans, as I show in my concluding chapter, which is based on lots of interviews with right-of-center college kids."

Brother Driscoll even gets a couple nice mentions in the book, which we review here, -REVIEW: of South Park Conservatives : The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias by Brian C. Anderson (Brothers Judd, 4/13/05). We can't recommend it highly enough.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 15, 2005 12:00 PM

So who is your favorite South Park regular?

On whose authoritay?

Posted by: ghostcat at April 15, 2005 12:07 PM

Silly question on a program that features [featured?] Isaac Hayes.

Posted by: oj at April 15, 2005 12:15 PM

Haven't seen Chef since Mr. Garrison's sex change operation. No causality, of course.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 15, 2005 12:27 PM

The silence suggests that few South Park fans comment here. Right?

Posted by: ghostcat at April 15, 2005 5:53 PM

Final dead horse kick: there's the same silence at Lucianne's place. Like a turd in the punchbowl.

Posted by: ghost at April 15, 2005 6:28 PM

"respect my authority"

"no kitty"

eric cartman

Posted by: cjm at April 15, 2005 6:40 PM

It's 'cause "South Park" is the guiltiest of cartoon pleasures, even more that "Beavis and Butt-head". Even when they are totally offensive (which is often), at least they aren't repeating the same ol' stuff we get for any other channel. And sometimes they even have make a point worth discussing.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 15, 2005 6:40 PM

We're around:

Kyle: Chef, we need Butters to gain about 50 pounds, fast.
Chef: Well, if you want him to get really fat as fast as possible, one of you will have to marry him.
Stan: Marry him?
Chef: It definitely worked for every woman I've ever met.

"That's right, Mr. Garrison. Christopher Columbus discovered America and was the Indians' best friend. He helped the Indians win their war against Frederick Douglass and freed the Hebrews from Napoleon and discovered France." -- Mr. Garrison's hand puppet Mr. Hat

"Dude, dolphins are intelligent and friendly!" -- Wendy
"Intelligent and friendly on rye bread, with some mayonaise." -- Cartman

Posted by: Pat H at April 15, 2005 6:42 PM

How un-allusional of me: I should have said "Mr. Hanky in a punchbowl". Hi-de-ho!

Posted by: ghostcat at April 15, 2005 8:38 PM

"There a time and a place for everything and it's called 'college'".

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 16, 2005 12:04 AM

lucianne's place ?! why are you wasting humor or anything else over there ? the only people posting there are knuckle draggers...

Posted by: cjm at April 16, 2005 12:21 AM

cjm -

I don't post there, but do regularly read her linked articles. In this case (South Park), I dug into the comments, which were few.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 16, 2005 12:36 AM

South Park conservatives are why the theocons longterm are no more than a footnote.

Posted by: bart at April 16, 2005 7:07 AM


Except that they grow up.

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2005 7:24 AM

Yes, most theocons do grow up and eventually realize that the world is a far more complex place than clerics lead them to believe.

Posted by: bart at April 16, 2005 8:11 AM

Name one. Teens don't read the Biblea and adults don't read Ayn Rand.

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2005 8:13 AM

Not me.

Posted by: Peter Pan at April 16, 2005 1:17 PM

From the review: "tripping up a few lightweights like Trent Lott, Dan Rather, Jayson Blair, and Jeff Gannon doesn't quite equal being a driving force behind literacy and the Reformation..."
No, but then "literacy and the Reformation" accomplished what in their first ten years, which is about how long the Net has been a significant pop culture force?

Posted by: Tom at April 16, 2005 5:43 PM