Mission Statement


Coffee

Blake: Put. That coffee. Down.
[pause]
Blake: Coffee’s for closers only.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) — based on the play by David Mamet

Coffee for Closers seeks to explore the intersections between popular culture and politics.  Today a vast chasm separates pop cultural knowledge and political knowledge.

We live in a media empire where the only mandate is to entertain, and politics are just one more outlet for entertainment.  The most vital political decisions, the one that most affect the contours of our lives, are made at the commanding heights of the economy, far removed from the understanding or influence of the average person.

The Senate of Trusts, Thomas Nast

It seems peculiar that we as a nation see the television with countless channels as a cultural birthright yet hardly stop to consider our lack of political choice.  Nor do we take the time to realize the connection between the two phenomena.  A rather unpleasant thought that Dancing with the Stars and some processed food push from our minds.

We focus instead on political trivia, aided by a news media allergic to the rigorous explication of complex issues.  It is how we end up going to war in countries most of us can not find on a map, and giving billions of dollars in public money to companies we have never heard of.  Our political views are personal and aesthetic in nature.  We like Obama because he’s young, cool and black.

We seek to educate, but not preach.  We seek intellectual engagement, not ideological demagoguery.  We seek to serve the public, not stir them up.  We want to offer new perspectives on the old mythology we take for historical truth.

Calling this stupid would be an insult to stupid people.

Budding John Galts wave their copies of Atlas Shrugged like talismans, films genres like “torture porn” erupt out of the ether in response to the bloody realities of world events in the wake of 9-11, and shows like Battlestar Galactica struggle more directly with the moral and political implications of the “War on Terror” than any number of Wolf Blitzer special reports. This site aims to examine the political signals sent by pop culture, and their implications for the benumbed citizens of a decadent and crumbling empire.

Welcome to the strange new wilderness of unbridled intellectual exploration.  We seek to explore the pop cultural aspects of politics and the political aspects of pop culture.

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Bette Davis, All About Eve (1950)

 

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