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Generation South Park, Generation Y Conservatism

October 30, 2009

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NewsReal’s Chris Yogerst is currently blogging about this season’s politically-oriented episodes of Comedy Central’s satirical cartoon South Park. Chris’s focus: the show’s relationship with “Generation Y Conservatism,” an emerging ideological orientation among those born between 1980 and 1995 who are just beginning to emerge onto the political scene.

What is Generation Y Conservatism? There’s no clear answer yet. It’s up to those of us in Generation Y to define it. And we’re beginning that discussion here at NewsReal. NewsReal features the writings of numerous Gen Y conservatives in addition to Yogerst and myself: Tim and Alissa Birkel, Calvin Freiburger, and Michael van der Galien. That Gen Y Conservatism has developed in the constant shadow of the cable news culture is another reason why NewsReal is an appropriate venue to begin this discussion. Unlike previous generations, for as long as we’ve been politically aware the cable news matrix has played a role in shaping our understanding of the political landscape.

This page will feature links to all of the entries in Chris’s series as well as other articles on the subject of Generation Y Conservatism by NewsReal’s bloggers and others. If you’ve written an article or a blog post about this subject then please email me (DavidSwindle AT gmail Dot com) so it can be added to our collection. Likewise, if you would like to submit an article for NewsReal to publish on the subject then please email me.

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10 Comments
  1. LanceThruster permalink
    October 30, 2009 4:27 pm

    I remember the good old days when the Concerned Women for America put out pamphlets about just how horrible South Park was (“They make fun of Jesus!…and …this one child dies horribly almost every episode!!).

    My how times have changed (flip-floppers..feh!).

    • Generation Y Conservative permalink
      October 30, 2009 8:06 pm

      Flip flopping has nothing to do with it. Making fun of Jesus doesn’t affect Gen Y Conservatives like it does the Religious Right. There are clear differences between the two, Gen Y is not rooted deeply into religion as previous generations are. People try to say South Park isn’t conservative because it makes fun of Christians. That is exactly why it resonates with Gen Y Conservatives, because they don’t like the Religious Right either.

      • Anneke9 permalink
        October 31, 2009 4:58 pm

        Hi Gen Y Conservative: Following up on another Newsreal thread discussing the semanitics of the phrase Religious Right (http://newsrealblog.com/2009/10/27/semantic-confusion-%E2%80%9Cthe-religious-right%E2%80%9D-allies-or-antagonists/), I’m curious how your generation defines “Religious Right.” What does that term mean to you?

  2. Marylou permalink
    October 30, 2009 9:01 pm

    Thanks again, Davids.

    I am looking forward to using this arena to get to know “you kids” as my grandmother used to say. That was pretty hip in her day!!

    I have always seen young adults of any era as beautifully idealistic and wanting practical expression for their lives. This is a good thing. We need heroes. We need hope.

    I am really looking forward to reading more of the articles in NewsReal about Gen Y and maybe I’ll even start watching South Park, especially if there is now some content I might enjoy.

  3. logdon permalink
    October 31, 2009 2:27 am

    The one thing South Park, Family Guy and American Dad does do is puncture the pomposity of PC.

    Because of animated formats they are allowed much more freedom of expression without infringing hate law. Isn’t that good?

    One episode of AD for instance described Allah as a small, smelly brown guy. Even the Danish Cartoons didn’t go that far and the difference of reaction is quite boggling. A few geeky pictures sets the world on fire, direct satirical insult, silence.

    I’m amazed that CAIR didn’t leap on it like a ton of bricks but there you go.

    • LanceThruster permalink
      November 2, 2009 4:41 pm

      Yes, they skewer PC foolishness but don’t forget the tempest that the Family Guy episode caused when Stewie had top go back in time and rescue Mort. A Nazi officer, I believe was sporting a “Bush/Cheney” button (the horror!).

      Even P.J. O’Rourke will opt for “silly” if it provides a punchline.

      • Robert M permalink
        November 23, 2009 3:39 pm

        Actually that was a McCain/Palin campaign button on the Nazi officer uniform. Episode aired in October 2008.

  4. Adam permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:33 pm

    South Park is more libertarian than conservative.

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