10.6.15

TEDIOUSLY INSISTING ON DIDACTIC ART.

I could go into the fever swamps and dredge up illustrations of how the Perpetually Aggrieved are changing minds against them more effectively than they are convincing people frequently enough to post an example a day.  The horror!  The horror!

I've had enough fun, though, mocking the adults seeking their most freakazoid sensibilities reflected in what the youngsters read.  Two more illustrations for the road.  If it's not the "two gay grannies," it's the gender-confused children.  (I don't make this stuff up.  I don't have to do a lot of searching to find it, either.)
Transgender children’s books, which address a topic once considered so taboo that no mainstream publisher would touch it, are gaining a wider audience thanks to a handful of authors and a few mainstream publishers willing to reach out to children struggling with gender identity, the New York Times is reporting.
There's this process called "learning."  Perhaps part of adolescence and early adulthood is weighing the evidence for and against conventions and taboo.  But this story notes more attempts to introduce the controversies, or perhaps the preaching, into the early readers.  And again I wonder, are the books being written for the benefit of avant-garde parents, epater-les-bourgeois school superintendents, and transgressive colleges of education, or for the benefit of the youngsters.

Here's Reason's Nick Gillespie on what that gets you.
There is nothing more conservative than insisting that entertainment be didactic and serious— that it have "something to say." That is the impulse that underwrote not just leftists influenced by the Frankfurt School — who saw mass media and frivolity as a means of controlling the masses—and reactionaries such as former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett and Attorney General Janet Reno, who wasted hours of everyone's time denouncing rap music and "violent" cable TV during the 1980s and '90s. If you believe that everything from pop songs to standup comedy needs to have deep meaning, you can't let any opportunity pass without insisting that it all send the "right" message.
And thus you get boring stories. Or you bore people with your grievances.  Sometimes a diesel locomotive is painted black because that's what the prototype did.  And sometimes a kid's story doesn't require an adult theme.

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