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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Sharen Jergenson: What does the fox say?

  • Pop culture is associated with commercial culture and all its trappings.
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  •       There are many venues for the single electronic dance song, “The Fox” by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. It’s a rather strange but yet catchy little ditty. It might seem a bit bizarre that a music video was made about “what sound does a fox make,” but it went completely viral and was the top trending video onYouTube last year. While some may be perplexed by all the attention given to bizarreness of a song, others see it as being smart.  A pattern of pop culture altered into such a humorous vein is defined by many as “comic brillance.” The lyrics sound like they came straight from a pre-school primer. “Dog goes woof, Cat goes meow, Bird goes tweet and Mouse goes squeek.” It continues with sounds made from various animals and sea creatures before questioning, “but there’s one sound that no one knows. What does the fox say? Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! What the fox say? Abay-ba-da bum-bum bay-do.”  The duo has performed for numerous audiences in the United States as well as around the world. The brothers signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a children’s book based on the song which was released in December. Success from what both brothers have called an “absurdity.”
         Pop culture is associated with commercial culture and all its trappings. It has evolved into  an important part of material, economic and political culture. Success relies on leadership and stategy being as cunning as the fox.Yes, that would be Fox News. A network labeled as being fair and balanced. What does that mean? Fifty-fifty on reporting truth vs. fiction?  How do they measure up? That rides on “what does the Fox say?”  Having been referred to as a “right wing propaganda machine,” Fox often times demonstrates how far out of touch with reality they and the Republican Party are. When Bill O’Reilly sat down with President Obama pre-Super Bowl, he didn’t discuss issues people really are concerned about, like jobs and the economy. He instead poked at the President trying to find a fissure that would spue forth something muddy. O’Reilly just couldn’t get out of the old muck of Benghazi, the IRS and the glitches of the ACA website. He and the Fox definitely took first place for giving the top flop and flounder interview and in front of the largest TV audience of the year.  “What the Fox says,” gets dissected into the gospel for many. An agenda with cocky debates to keep negativities surfacing, and invoking a straw man is the type of chaos they promote. O’Reilly believes “this country is a better place because Fox News has succeeded.” Succeeded at what? Fabricating their version of reality? The Fox just can’t handle positive ObamaCare news. They falsely claimed that reaching the benchmark of six million enrollees was due to undocumented immigrants and “Mexican nationals” signing up at Mexican consulates. The fact is, Mexican nationals, like all citizens and legal immigrants, are mandated by law to sign up for insurance. It’s not abnormal to have Mexican consulates work with those legally here to educate them about government programs. The Fox and Republicans who oppose the ACA were given new fodder to chew on when President Obama gave an extention to enroll in the ACA health care on the federal marketplace.  That put defense mechanisms on high alert. The Fox and many conservatives find it frustrating that the law is working. They feel need to  justify why. “They are cooking the books on this,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, told “the Fox.”  It’s of interest, that during the Bush Administration, Republicans refrained from any disagreement over President Bush giving an extension for Medicare sign up for seniors?  But of course, being a white man and a Republican, respect was no issue. Sen. John McCain says Vladimir Putin has no respect for President Obama. What a surprise! When all the world can view the biased disrespect dished out to President Obama by U.S. congressmen, why would McCain expect anything different?  When he does, he’s “just an angry old man” according to Rand Paul. 
    Page 2 of 2 -    It’s been said that “Fox News is nothing if not impressive. No matter how harsh the criticism it endures, the network somehow always manages to prove itself even worse than we had previously imagined.”  As Tom Brokaw said,  “Don’t overstate Fox News. It’s still much smaller than the least of the network niches.”  If you listen to the Fox, you’ll mostly hear “abay-ba-da-bum-bum bay-do.”
    And, that’s my opinion . . . . .
     
    (Sharen Jergenson of Heber Springs writes her “And that’s my opinion column... “ for The Sun-Times monthly)

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