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Book Title: Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future|
The author of the book: Ben Shapiro
Edition: Regnery Publishing
Date of issue: May 20th 2005
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ISBN 13: 9780895260161
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Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, 2005)
When a book is blurbed by both Ann Coulter and Laura Schlesinger, that's as good as having your cover be a portion of one of those old maps that says, in the middle of the ocean, “here be dragons”. Anyone attempting to read such a treatise must immediately know that one must gird one's loins and prepare for a deeply distressing experience. Ben Shapiro's Porn Generation satisfies-- no pun intended-- on all counts.
The book's most glaring deficiency is that Shapiro condemns sex researcher Alfred Kinsey for being, in the words of Daniel Flynn, “a charlatan who embarked upon research to confirm his pre-drawn conclusions”(20), and then embarks on exactly the same quest himself. He sets the scene by outlining a moral standard (without footnotes, of course, though the book does contain copious footnotes), and then writes to that standard, grasping at whatever straws are necessary to advance his own viewpoint, no matter how questionable-- or outright ludicrous-- those straws may be. He never thought to question the statistic he cites that one in three brides in 1946 were pregnant when they wed? And if he did, why doesn't he at least mention it?
The footnotes themselves make for tremendous reading, better than the book itself. They read like a primer of places to go to get your daily fill of religionist nonsense. Is there truly anyone who would cite worldnet daily with a straight face? There is-- Ben Shapiro. But then, this should come as no surprise; the moral standard that Shapiro would hold us all to is, if course, the Christian moral standard. None other could possibly be valid.
Standing against this Christian moral standard is an enemy Shapiro defines as “social liberals.”All social liberals, of course, have the same mindset, the same agenda, and the same set of beliefs. All social liberals, for example, are proselytizers of sexual freedom, while simultaneously being fervently anti-gun and anti-smoking. It actually made me take out my gun permit and look at it to make sure it hadn't disappeared while I was reading this book and smoking my way through a pack of Maverick 100s. Thankfully, Shapiro's parallel universe, where “social liberals” march in lockstep and have as their sole desire to topple the moral foundations of this supposedly Christian nation, exists only in his mind.
Shapiro, as I intimated before, is also all too willing to simply take his sources at their word, never questioning whether they might, in fact, be slanting the truth, or not quite as cognizant of it as they think they are. Shapiro, citing wingnut Michelle Malkin, seems to think that, for example, self-injury is some sort of new fad. (The article of Malkin's he cites-- found on the wonderfully amusing townhall.com website-- is even called “The new youth craze: self-mutilation”.) A quick Amazon search on self-mutilation, or one on cutting, taking all of fifteen seconds, would have put paid to that idea pretty quickly. (It should be noted that Shapiro also publishes at townhall.com. Better yet, he cites his own articles. Now there's a source for you!) He also likes to use hyperbole for the effect hyperbole is usually used for, fearmongering. “If you spend any amount of time on the Internet, it's difficult not to find yourself in the midst of a hard-core porn site...” (171). Funny, I've been an IT professional for almost fifteen years now, and I've never “found myself in the midst of” a hard-core porn site when I haven't wanted to be there. Between my job, my research, the occasional game, booking trips, and the many other hundreds of things I do on the Internet, it's not an unreasonable assumption to say I'm on the Internet seventy hours a week, if not more. I drop by porn websites once every three years or so. Never by accident. So what?, you may ask. You're an IT professional. You know how these things work. Well, my mom is in her seventies and still can't set the time on the VCR. How many times has she been tricked into visiting a hardcore porn site? I'll take “zero” for two hundred, Alex.
I can't call this book entirely worthless; you can use the footnotes and the bibliography to compile a pretty comprehensive list of stuff you can use for your amusement when you feel like laughing at people who really believe that, to paraphrase the title of the townhall article Shapiro authored that he cites in Chapter One, the radical homosexual agenda is destroying American standards. As a piece of nonfiction, it's a joke; this is a two-hundred-thirty-two page op-ed piece at best, with every page dedicated to twisting and misinterpreting facts. (For, of course, no interpretation but Shapiro's could possibly have any merit.) As a joke, however, it's not funny enough to waste your time with. That there are people out there who would read this tripe and take it to heart pains me. If you must read it, please do so with enough of your critical thinking skills intact to at least realize that there are vastly different conclusions to be drawn from the facts Shapiro presents.
A thoroughly loathsome effort. (zero)
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Read information about the authorBenjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007. Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.
His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall, ABCNews, WorldNet Daily, Human Events, FrontPage Mag, Family Security Matters, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. His columns have also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, RealClearPolitics.com, Arizona Republic, and Claremont Review of Books, among others. He has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Dr. Laura Show," at CBS News, in the New York Press, in the Washington Times, and in The American Conservative magazine, among many others.
The author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008), Shapiro has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the nation, including "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "Fox and Friends" (Fox News), "In the Money" (CNN Financial), "DaySide with Linda Vester" (Fox News), "Scarborough Country" (MSNBC), "The Dennis Miller Show" (CNBC), "Fox News Live" (Fox News Channel), "Glenn Beck Show" (CNN), "Your World with Neil Cavuto" (Fox News) and "700 Club" (Christian Broadcasting Network), "The Laura Ingraham Show," "The Michael Medved Show," "The G. Gordon Liddy Show," "The Rusty Humphries Show," "The Lars Larson Show" (nationally syndicated), "The Larry Elder Show," The Hugh Hewitt Show," "The Dennis Prager Show," among others.