By Martin Bosworth
So apparently some conservatives, unsatisfied with the “well-known liberal bias” of YouTube, have created their own conservative alternative (“conservalternative”?) called QubeTV. Now, if YouTube has a bias towards anything, it’s apparently an extreme lack of quality control, but hey, let’s run with this for a second.
I’m all in favor of enterprising sorts creating products to fill niches in the marketplace that major players don’t fill…YouTube’s refusal to support clips with explicit sexual content has compelled many a low-minded autueur to start up sites devoted to such things, such as my personal favorite, YouPorn.com. (ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so no link! :)) The marketplace of ideas at work–genius! 🙂
But this is silly in the same way that Conservapedia is silly. Rather than actually engage their opponents in actual cultural discussion and putting their ideas in the stream of debate, these ostrich-heads are sticking their heads in the sand and creating closed social systems where they never have to face anyone who disagrees with them. To use a simpler and funnier metaphor, they’re taking their balls and going home.
It’s this kind of sheltering from reality that is endemic to so much of the modern conservative movement, particularly the evangelicals. They create their own home-schooled networks, their own shopping centers, their own cultural events–a sort of “parallel reality” that exists completely alongside ours, but is not engaged with ours in any relevant or real way. And when you never have to face or understand things that don’t conflict with your worldview, you never feel any need to question or criticize the world you live in.
When an unidentified Bush apparatchik made the famous quote about “the empire that makes its own reality”, it was rightly taken for the self-important bloviating twaddle it was. But the more you dig, the more you find that people REALLY BELIEVE THAT, and the more our world starts to look like Trent Reznor’s “Another Version Of The Truth“–two realities living side-by-side, one far darker and more dangerous lurking just under the surface.