Jon Swift’s disquisition on derriÃ¨rism is funny enough* that you almost forget to chase the links to investigate the news that prompted it, namely that Andrew Beitbart is starting a web site to collect writing about culture that isn’t um, written by people who write about culture.
Now the politically conservative Breitbart, 39, will debut his own collection of original material in his Big Hollywood group blog, a new home for right-of-center voices that want to sound off on the interplay of popular culture and politics.
Breitbart has already signed several big names, including House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), incoming Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to post entries on the site. He has also landed former senator and GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, MSNBC correspondent Tucker Carlson and a slew of other conservative thinkers from the National Review, The Weekly Standard and Commentary magazine to contribute.
It gets better:
And to jolt liberal Hollywood, Breitbart says he has wooed conservative screenwriters, comedy writers, classical musicians and alternative singer-songwriters to contribute to the blog. Celebrities who risk being blacklisted if they come out as conservative can write under pseudonyms, Breitbart says.
â€œI want it to be such a mixed group of people that peopleâ€™s minds will be blown,â€ he says. â€œTheyâ€™ll go, â€˜This is not your motherâ€™s conservative moment.â€™ â€
Emphasis added. With Breitbart buddy Matt Drudge routing traffic his way (which may be Breitbart.com’s chief means of support), the site might not be as evanescent as one might oppose, and for a time will undoubtedly provide some amusement for those who enjoy red state film criticism, or maintain a morbid interest in the parabola of Tucker Carlson’s career.
The site has as yet nothing up but a message promising a January 6 debut date.
* Since it is funny I feel churlish pointing out that Swift misread the comments on Wall-E I made that earned Hitsville inclusion amongst the derriÃ¨rists. I was writing about the film not to discuss its ideas nor to agree or disagree with them. My point was that, at a time when everyone reflexively says pop culture is degraded, here was a film with a fairly developed and, not incidentally, blisteringly ironic message whose ideas were largely unengaged with by terrestrial critics. Once acknowledged, people are welcome to get all derriÃ¨rist on the ass of those ideas, as far as I’m concerned, but they needed to be recognized and processed first. I may be the first post-derriÃ¨rist.