“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, April 09, 2007
Don Imus folds and then grovels.
A maudlin Don Imus looks like a beaten foolish old man.
Well in many ways he is a foolish old man. His humor is juvenile but it has made him a lot of money over the years. Imus can be vicious and self-serving, but his show can be interesting and entertaining. He is offensive, but universally so and then at other times he can be caring and kind.
His ranch for kids with cancer is over the top, somewhat self serving, but does a lot of good for the few who get to use it.
Imus made a foolish comment calling the Rutger's woman basketball team a bunch of "nappy head Ho's". Not the smartest comment on radio, but then using the word "pissed off" on radio, or Chris Mathews saying, "fuck" on the air is offensive to many that remember much higher standards of public broadcasting.
The problem for Imus is that he is white and insulted blacks. The reverse is acceptable. His transgression is not. Black hip hop music, videos and humor has degraded all standards to the bottom. Language or epithets commonly used by black entertainers are far worse than used by Imus.
Foolish behavior and bad taste is not evil nor should it be pilloried by the PC crowd but it will be. Imus should grow up but not give up.