Minisode 101: Listener Questions, vol. 1

11 May

Tyler answers listener questions, including what his favorite TV shows are, and his ideal MTOL guest.

6 Responses to “Minisode 101: Listener Questions, vol. 1”

  1. a_freudian_fan May 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    You have two targets. One is pretty close, the other is far and you can’t see it well. Does that mean you have to try shooting at the second one. Does that mean you should not practice shooting at the first one? 🙂

    • Tyler Smith May 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

      Well, to go with your analogy, we may not be able to see the far target very well, but we know for sure that it is a target. Meanwhile, the close one might not actually be a target at all.
      I do appreciate your terminology, though, because it allows me to suggest that Hollywood is only ever going after the easy target.

      • a_freudian_fan May 12, 2017 at 12:46 am #

        Thanks for your reply.

        Yes, I agree, Christianity in America is an easy target. But, to further the metaphor, shooting at the far target may be unwise: you just embarrass yourself, missing wildly, losing arrows, and you may even hurt some innocent bystanders.

        By the way, is there a movie about atrocities and oppression of women perpetrated by fundamentalist Christian groups in Africa?

        I’m not trying to argue. Just curious about your view of Islam compared to Christianity.


        • Tyler Smith May 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

          I do consider myself something of a non-interventionist, so I’m not necessarily suggesting some sort of military action. I think just a change of rhetoric would be nice. Obviously, Christianity as an institution is far from perfect, with a particularly sordid past. But nobody is going to hurt you if you draw a picture of Jesus (satirical or not), and nobody is being imprisoned for turning away from Christianity.
          Perhaps it isn’t even about specific religions as it is about regions. There are regions of the world where extremism and solipsism the order of the day, and others where there’s a plurality of ideas, beliefs, and customs. I’m in favor of the second one; it tends to be safer.

  2. Ilya May 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for the on-air answer, and thanks for a great episode overall! Amusingly, your joke at the end about people being upset about your comments regarding The Simpsons (versus the political talk) was actually true for me. Not that I was actually upset, but The Simpsons (seasons 1-9) is my favorite show by a long shot and I think that including the endless slog of garbage seasons in an evaluation of the show in this way (as to prevent it from being ranked among the greatest in one’s evaluation) is a bit silly. I understand where you’re coming from, but I don’t really consider later Simpsons to be the same show, and the presence of those episodes does not detract from my love of the first nine seasons.

  3. Philip May 29, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    I did watch the first 3 episodes of HANDMAID’S TALE, expecting to like it & hoping to love it. I really enjoyed Margaret Atwood’s ORYX AND CRAKE & THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD. I even defended it to some other Christians on Facebook who were judging it based on a National Review article & the trailer. But I’m afraid it just didn’t work for me. It leaned way too hard into it’s message, and was trying so hard to be grounded while being too implausible at the same time. Perhaps if they had pushed it 40-50 years into the future it would have been better? I kind of feel like HANDMAID’S TALE is to feminism what GOD’S NOT DEAD is to Christianity.

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