Monday, February 11, 2013

Why 'God made a farmer' was so great

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan sums up why the "So God Made a Farmer" ad during the Super Bowl was so refreshing in today's cultural landscape.

She writes:
Here are some reasons it was great: Because it spoke respectfully and even reverently of others. We don’t do that so much anymore. We’re afraid of looking corny or naive, and we fear that to praise one group is to suggest another group is less worthy of admiration. So we keep things bland and nonspecific. Harvey wasn’t afraid to valorize, and his specificity had the effect of reminding us there’s a lot of uncelebrated valor out there. It would be nice to hear someone do “So God Created Firemen,” or “So God Created Doctors,” but I’m not sure our culture has the requisite earnestness and respect. We do irony, sarcasm and spoofs: “So God Created Hedge Fund Managers.” Anyway, it was nice—a real refreshment—to hear the sound of authentic respect.
HT: Power Line.

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