Quebec TV Viewers' Choice Awards: Leftists complain that "viewers' choice" is a democratic process and they expect choice to be eliminated!
Quebec is a unique animal in the West, yet also incredibly typical. They have the demographic distribution profile that matches up with a lot of North American territories: a single very populated cosmopolitan urban center, a spattering of other urban areas, and then mostly towns in an overall rural setting. In this sense, Quebec is more like the Mid-West United States than it is like New England or California. Recently, the conservative party, CAQ, won the provincial elections and the voting distribution was provocative, to say the least. CAQ won the ridings everywhere in the province except Montreal, while in Montreal almost the entire city's ridings went to the Liberals except for where the students and Gay Village are located which went to the Socialists. The voting was so stereotyped as to become textbook.
But what makes Quebec unique in North America is the language barrier. Outside of Montreal people do not speak English with each other - they speak French. Within Montreal, there are neighbourhoods (such as Verdun) where most day-to-day interactions are done in French. Most Quebecois people are bilingual and Montrealer francophones are very competent in English. However, being a French province has insulated Quebec from a lot of the most effective leftist propaganda which of course is communication that happens in English.
I don't believe that any leftist rhetoric is effective because it is hypocritical and idealistic in an non-equitable way. However, sometimes there are enigmatic personalities who can spin a yarn that would make most people believers. Well, that skein of propaganda is usually unwound in English because it can reach the most people and because the most effective speakers might happen to be German, Swedish, Danish, etc. and they will require English to get their message to an international audience. Quebec isn't all that interested in messages in English and as a result the leftist mind-fuck usually falls on deaf ears in that province.
Personally, I think that there is a powerful lesson here about insulation from media agitprop.
Western cities have tried heterogeneity and it only works when individuals from communities want to adopt a new more cosmopolitan community within an urban center. The West has not been successful with globalized integration overall. I have always had friends of all colors and creeds, but they are almost always exceptional within their communities. My Chinese friends join a heterogeneous gathering while the rest of their Chinese contingent stay insulated in Chinatown. This is so much the case that Toronto has three distinct Chinatowns to serve a community that wants diversity - but only if it is Chinese. Most people just want to be with their own color and creed, especially when they are older or living in more remote areas.
Generation after generation there can be an accretion of individuals who leave the homogeneous and join the heterogeneous urban groups, but you can't force people to do this when they aren't ready. It's like pushing your kid in the water when they are apprehensive about their swimming motor skills, or pushing them toward a house cat when they are apprehensive about the size differential. The brief moment of drowning can create a lifelong phobia about the water, while getting scratched by a cat that sensed fear and distrust from the child can lead to a lifetime of hating and resenting animals. It isn't worth forcing people to accept what you are comfortable with.
So, that brings me back to Quebec and the recent headlines about the Quebec TV Viewers' Choice Awards. Some things worth noting: all of the young francophones I have met do not watch television, but they do admit that on the rare occasions that they watch it, then it is French-based shows. I believe that in Quebec, television viewers are most likely from outside Montreal and are older. In fact, here is some proof:
Quebec Market Overview - Broadcast Research Council of Canada
Notice in this official report from 2016, that Quebec television is watched twice as much by people over 55, then by youth who instead rely on the internet for their media. In addition, these Quebec viewers are entirely dependent on TV for their news and information (even more so than older anglophone Canadians). This would suggest that for this audience (older francophones), watching dramas is meant purely as a diversion and relaxation. They don't want an excess of politics on TV because they already get all of their politics from TV - it would be saturation and thus displeasure. As such, you can expect that they desire their dramas to be free from politics and political thinking. That's just sound reasoning.
Generally, the push for diversity is the push for elitism and superiority politically - in short, the push for power. White leftists want to be able to claim that they are the masters of cultural ideals - this is just whites being imperialistic again, but this time over culture as opposed to religion or geographic territory. Leftism is simply whites trying to be the Masters again and to call the shots on how change happens. If leftism worked in a non-hypocritical way then we would never hear a white voice, they would just be supporters standing in the background. The push for diversity is a political-based mandate and its stakeholders wield it in order to accumulate power.
The criticism of the Quebec TV Viewers' Choice Awards is that the results reflect a "popularity contest". Isn't that what "viewers' choice" means? But, kidding aside, those upset by the democratic process can have their logic transferred to many illustrative and colorful analogies. For example, what if I claimed that not voting Mr. Blue, (played by Eddie Bunker) from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, as the best character from the movie makes you an ageist - you are against old people or at least want to marginalize them and cut them off from opportunities to be the focus of fanfare? This criticism is absurd. Bunker has a bit role and although his acting is good, it is Michael Madsen, Harvey Kietel, and Tim Roth that provide the strongest performances.
So let's not confuse things because the problem shouldn't be that people didn't vote for diversity when choosing their favorite characters from TV, but instead that the best roles didn't go to ethnic minorities. So what of it? Who is watching? Do they consider ethnic diversity relaxing or political? Given that it is political as part of the leftist agenda, then I wouldn't be surprised if the viewers experience it that way. And so, if these viewers want TV drama as relaxation, then it will need to be bereft of difficult political issues. If the left wants to push their leftist ideals then they can reach this audience through news and information shows which is where this particular audience chooses to be engaged with political thinking and political issues.
Again, this hubbub about the Quebec TV Viewers' Choice Awards is just leftists wanting everyone to do it their way because uniformity lessens their internal psychological agitation. "Watch TV the leftist way" - with politics pervading every message and every image. Leftists will not be relaxed until there is complete uniformity and no one thinks outside the box. They can't handle thinking done outside the box or a plurality of philosophical positions and this is because different ideas agitate their minds and produce psychological discomfort for them. Leftists are wimps who can't handle psychological discomfort - they are inherently over-sensitive. Their over-sensitivity is what defines them and everything else (political affiliation) happens after as an attempt to bring about homeostasis.
Well, it takes diff'rent strokes! And so, we should promote individualists, suppress leftist agendas that are only based in their freakish over-sensitivity, and we should gently coax the right away from extreme positions that reinforce their inherent under-sensitivity psychologically.
Forcing your kid into a lake or dropping Muffins on your kid's face while he's sleeping doesn't work. Water is good, swimming is good, cats are good, and animals are good, black actors are good, female leads on shows are good, but forcing people to participate in that knowledge prior to them being ready is bad and it has horrible consequences.
The logic of Blackstone's formulation applies here: it is better to have let ten indignant bigots go free then to force one open-minded person to be treated as a bigot. What this means is that we should just let people come around to a different way of thinking naturally and not through making them feel guilty, ostracizing them, or forcing them to have the things they enjoy altered to conform to how someone else wants them to enjoy those things.
Quebec TV viewers are old, rural-based, and they get their politics only from the television. Let them have dramas on TV that are bereft of politics. Tweak news and information shows to present your leftist diversity angle. I say this because diversity isn't a given as a good value - miscegenation has many benefits for wiping out hereditary diseases, however it also has a major drawback in that it produces a genetic monoculture. We know from agriculture that monoculture can lead to total crop devastation when that strain of crop is susceptible to a new environmental element whether it be a changing weather condition, a surge in the population of a particular parasite, or the existence of a new strain of bacteria or virus.
Let "mémère" and "pépère" have their "stories", and stop being ageists, through your failure to recognize and acknowledge the trauma that comes from older people being required to adapt when their brains no longer have the capacity for that kind of plasticity. Keeping older minds keen is very important, but not through provocation and agitation - work within their value system and at their pace. Leftists are ageists if they continue with this horseshit about diversity in dramas on Quebec TV. I understand that the Leftist position is taken-up only through ignorance and lack of rational thought and lack of capaciousness mentally, but in this instance they are intolerant ageists all the same.
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