Shut Up and Sing is the name of a polemical tract by Conservative columnist, Laura Ingraham. Its stated goal is: 'Why the elites want America to be torn down, tradition by tradition.' Among other things, it asks the question why celebrities are given a disproportionate role in the formation of public opinion.
We desperately need an Israeli version of this book.
Consider....Five fiction novelists (Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Etgar Keret and Meir Shalev)who never had to bear responsibility for anything, are touted as the avatars of religion (more correctly the need for its extirpation) and politics (the Arabs are alays right; the Jews are racists)...Singers and Entertainers (e.g. Aviv Geffen and Gila Almagor) are given unlimited coverage whenever they feel the need to express their opinions on political issues...'Journalists,' whose job is to look pretty and mouth the news (and don't have enough education to finish an undergraduate seminar paper), insidiously insert their opinions into their broadcasts....
Who asked them? Who appointed them to think for everyone else?
We need to raise awareness of the way these lichens are subverting our country. It's time to crack open the closed academic/judicial/media/literary guild and let fresh air in.