Why Duck Dynasty is good for America

It’s hard to like Duck Dynasty right now.  I try to ignore American commercialism as much as is humanly possible, but we’re halfway into the six weeks when that is just not possible.  I was in Cabelas yesterday, and the only thing missing in their branding empire was ammo (which seems like a serious oversight).  Recently Duck Dynasty wine and chocolate bars showed up at the grocery store.

It’s hard to like Duck Dynasty right now.  Which is a shame, because Duck Dynasty is good for America.

It is not good because it’s a genuine portrayal of normal people, which it isn’t, nor because it emphasizes intra and interpersonal satisfaction over the protestant work ethic, though it sorta does that. It is good because it is utterly without cynicism, and always without malice. The show is completely in earnest, and while the folks on it laugh at each other constantly, in the end they are laughing with each other, rather than at.

In an age of reality TV and youtube where empathy is actively shunned, this could not be more important.


2 responses to “Why Duck Dynasty is good for America”

  1. How earnest can they really be when they’re willing to put their logo every product they can think of? The show isn’t mean-spirited, but I’m skeptical it should be taken in isolation.

  2. I’m not a big Duck Dynasty fan because they are super consumers and the life they live is obviously that of rich people. I’d love to be able to do nothing all day and have cameras follow me around, which is mostly all I’ve seen the times I have watched. For a truly good, down to earth family that are living, working and communing together on a daily basis beyond the hype of money and consumerism, see Discovery channel’s Alaska: The Final Frontier and follow the lives of the Kilcher family. It is way more entertaining and far closer to the values I’d like to see our society adopt.

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