Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Deconstructing Nurse Jackie
YouTube is promoting the new Showtime series “Nurse Jackie.” This advertisement caught my eye because it looked VERY similar to a new NBC series called Mercy. Both Nurse Jackie and Mercy feature a White, middle-age, strong, independent, sassy nurse as the lead character. Both series also promote the politically correct stereotype of White Males being bumbling fools. Of course, homosexuals and non-Whites are portrayed as smart and competent characters.
Whiskey, one of the more insightful bloggers I like to read, analyzed Mercy concerning how it reflects the new feminist social norms.
What amazed me is how Nurse Jackie looks almost like an identical copy of Mercy. I know Hollywood is not known for original thinking, but to so closely copy another show is almost a form of outright plagiarism.
Nurse Jackie and Mercy are two examples of television programs that are steeped in the ideology of cultural Marxism. Yes, the goal of these shows is to draw an audience (mostly female). However, the secondary goal is to help define and shape social norms and behaviors. While the propaganda is fairly obvious and crude to those aware of such things, it can be effective in helping to shape and reinforce desired thoughts among the masses.