If you’re wondering who David Sirota is, good: that means that the universe is still working properly. Specifically, he’s a HuffPo yammerhead with a book out* whose thesis is apparently that the Eighties sucked in terms of pop culture… which is true, but only if you accept that the Oughts, Teens, Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties, and Double-Oughts also sucked in terms of pop culture. Which they did – while simultaneously being absolutely brilliant in terms of pop culture. Pop culture is like that, which is why people like to write about it.
However, Sirota also took the time to specifically whine about Back to the Future, The A-Team, and Ghostbusters, and how they’re (among other works from that time period) are counteracting the existing liberal narrative. Which is both: why Mr. T must pity David Sirota; and a searing indictment of the existing liberal narrative, or at least the people who write about its influence in pop culture. I’m not sure which, and I don’t much care – honestly, a large part of this post is for the Amazon.com links. I mean, seriously: did you look at the A-Team one? Ninety bucks for the complete series… and it comes in a van**!
*Yeah, like I’m going to link to it.
**That sounds vaguely facetious, but it’s not: the three works that I mentioned are all going to resonate – and, hopefully, generate income for hard-working bloggers (ahem) – after Sirotas’ book hits the Final Remainder Pile.