K-Ville, the new Fox-TV buddy-cop series set in New Orleans (K for Katrina) is off to a gruesomely cliched start. In the first episode, the bad guy was a wealthy racist businesswoman in league with mercenaries from a private security firm full of Iraq war veterans. Last night, the antagonist was a corrupt prison warden (a privatized prison, of course) who used convict labor to dispose of toxic chemicals from an evil corporation.
Can’t wait to see next week’s bad guys: Probably some energy company paying kickbacks to parish officials so they can destroy wetlands and wash away the poor folk down on the bayou. After poisoning their chickens.
What wretched, unimaginative and bad writing, but too, too familiar. Business is the villain. We’d say K-Ville must have picked up a couple of Law & Order writers off waiver, but then, anti-business scripts are a staple of almost all crime and detective shows. (Cold Case on CBS is particularly egregious.)
Thankfully, there’s a bit of cultural balance occurring this week in Washington, D.C., the American Film Renaissance film festival. AFR serves to highlight movies that celebrate the goodness of America, in particular the virtues of entrepreneurship, self-reliance and an occasional dash of patriotism.
A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.
Why do their stories matter? Because how we view entrepreneurs—as greedy or altruistic, as virtuous or vicious—shapes the destinies of individuals and nations.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media seem intent on portraying the greedy and vicious side of business. There IS another side, you know.
The premiere is Wednesday evening at the E-Street Cinema here in downtown D.C. And laissez les bon temps roulez.
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