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House Of Tards

Posted in Tyranny for Dummies by Huckleberry on March 7, 2014

A show about nothing, with cards so thin you can hardly see them.

A show about nothing, with cards so thin you can hardly see them.

So there’s a show produced and distributed entirely online by Netflix that has all the chattering classes chattering. While inextricably popular, the show itself is vapid, ineptly plotted, poorly written and the only redeeming quality is the cinematography that takes place during the opening credits. None of the main character’s machinations are terribly brilliant, yet somehow they seem to succeed by the dues ex ignorama of the characters being duped. The show is just not good, at any point, in any way, from top to bottom.
But I don’t want to talk so much about that.
What I would like to discuss begins with the video found here.
As you can see, our political class either:

    1) Doesn’t get the joke
    2) Gets the joke, and no longer fears ill-regard on the part of their constituents thinking their duly elected representatives are full-blown sociopaths

Either way, frightening portents abound, and the popularity of the show rests on three pegs:

    1) The average TV watcher doesn’t much care about complex character arcs, redeeming qualities and interesting things in general
    2) The average TV watcher just wants to see petty, ruthless, yet simple people sate their base desires with gleeful abandon
    3) Heroes are out, anti-heroes are out, and oops, we’re fresh out of protagnists

This is a show that has forced pundits and average TV watchers who haven’t read Machiavelli, or even his Wiki page, to nevertheless opine on both his work, whatever it’s name was, and House of Tards, because they’re the same damn thing.
Except they aren’t.
House of Tards is a ridiculous soap opera without a single human being in it – which I grant IS a reasonable facsimile to Washington, DC – but the “lessons” it conveys on the uses and abuses of power simply aren’t complex or defined enough to present such a comparison. The show’s creative benefactor, a former DC staffer, is basically pumping up the stereotypes that the simplest among us understand with the tacit wink-and-a-nod that “wouldn’t it be great if there was a guy who could just get shit done?”
Contrast to Machiavelli, who wrote his most defining work as scathing satire of the uses and abuses of power he witnessed around him, and the comparisons between the two just seem silly. The Prince isn’t a how-to manual, it’s a warning label. House of Tards, on the other hand, is basically a wish-fulfillment tool for the power-mad and their hangers-on.
To Hell with all of them.


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  1. El Borak said, on March 7, 2014 at 12:07

    Regarding the new tag line: I regret to inform you that there are no sad stories of the deaths of bankers.

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