Duck Dynasty: A Study of Cause and Effect

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Duck Dynasty: A Study of Cause and Effect

Mr Spock:It is attempt­ing to gen­er­ate ter­ror, Captain.

Star Trek Wolf in the Fold 1967


Gen­eral John Bur­goyne:
Swin­don do you at all real­ize that we have noth­ing stand­ing between us and destruc­tion but our own blood and the igno­rance of these back­woods­men? They’re men of the same British stock as our­selves. Six to one of us, six to one sir, and half our troops of are Hes­sians, Brunswick­ers, Ger­man dra­goons and Indi­ans with scalp­ing knives. Sup­pose the colonists find a leader, what shall we do then, eh?

The Devil’s Dis­ci­ple 1959

I haven’t writ­ten about the Duck Dynasty busi­ness that has dom­i­nated the news pri­mar­ily because I have no inter­est in the show what­so­ever. I didn’t watch it when it ruled the Cable waves and I have no inten­tion to do so now when it’s become a cul­tural lit­mus test.

What is of inter­est to me is the New­ton­ian exam­ple of Cause and Effect that Duck Dynasty has been from the begin­ning. To wit:

Cause: Faith filled Louisiana fam­ily devel­ops a duck call that becomes popular

Effect: The fam­ily becomes wealthy with­out chang­ing culturally.

That’s Amer­i­can Dream in action.

Cause: 4th Tier cable net­work (A & E) finds the story an inter­est­ing anom­aly and puts it on Television

Effect: Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans cel­e­brate and iden­tify with the fam­ily Amer­i­can suc­cess story and it becomes the most pop­u­lar cable non-​fiction show of all time.

Pop­u­lar belief not with­stand­ing there is a huge audi­ence out­side of the left’s cul­tural worldview

Cause: The Show becomes a money machine for A & E

Effect: It goes into mer­chan­dis­ing over­drive mak­ing even more money for all involved

And they have money to spend.

Cause:The show becomes a rat­ings and a cash mon­ster.

Effect: Every sin­gle Talk show, morn­ing show and mag­a­zine grabs them to get a piece of those rat­ings and sales for them­selves.

They may not under­stand or like these peo­ple, but they like the money & rat­ings they generate.

It’s in that con­text that the cur­rent con­tro­versy comes.

Cause: Mr. Robert­son accu­rately quotes the bible on Homo­sex­u­al­ity and sin in a mag­a­zine of the cul­tural left

Effect: GLAAD and the arbiters of the cul­tural left declare such speech forbidden.

The arena of accept­able pub­lic dis­course on homo­sex­u­al­ity must be Chris­tian­rein

Cause:The cul­tural left in media take up GLAAD’s cause attack­ing the Robin­son fam­ily from News­pa­pers to Morn­ing Joe

Effect: A & E “sus­pends Robert­son to avoid the wrath of GLAAD & the cul­tural elite.

The instinct to run away from this pres­sure would be reflex­ive to the “Arts & Enter­tain­ment

At this point A & E nat­u­rally expect the Robert­son fam­ily to do the tra­di­tional Hol­ly­wood move, make a pro-​forma Mea Culpa to get this behind them and get the cash reg­is­ters again. How­ever as cul­tural left­ists It is at this point that they get a shock

Cause:The Robert­son fam­ily is close knit, secure in their faith and in each other.

Effect: The Robert­sons choose fam­ily over a TV show and bluntly but politely inform A & E there is no show with­out their Patriarch.


This deci­sion to stick with fam­ily over a TV show is of lit­tle or no sur­prise to any per­son of the cul­tural right today nor any­one who still lives with tra­di­tional Amer­i­can Val­ues. But A & E being so far removed from them sim­ply didn’t antic­i­pate this reac­tion or what followed.

Cause: Mil­lions of peo­ple watch & iden­tify with the Robert­son fam­ily both reli­giously and culturally

Effect: Those mil­lions go after A & E promis­ing boy­cotts & action.

Appar­ently A & E didn’t real­ize that the Duck Dynasty cus­tomer base were not the same audi­ence as Will & Grace

Cause: The Robert­son fam­ily inspires courage in the mil­lions who have been pushed around cul­tur­ally by the elites for the last decade.

Effect: GLAAD gets more and stronger push back then they ever had.

Nor did GLAAD expect that these sim­ple red­necks would not back down before the wrath of their mighty fax machine.

Cause: Duck Dynasty’s adver­tis­ers real­ize how much money the show makes them

Effect: They stand behind the Robert­son fam­ily and the mil­lions of their cus­tomers who sup­port them.

Nor did the cul­tural elites fig­ure out that the adver­tis­ers know who is actu­ally buy­ing their products.

Cause: A & E stands to lose mil­lions and Glen Beck Offers the Duck Dynasty show a home on his Blaze network.

Effect: Well that’s what we’re wait­ing to see aren’t we?

A Post­script: Cracker Bar­rel, a restau­rant who has a huge pres­ence in areas pop­u­lated by the decided to pull some Robert­son Fam­ily items from it shelves with the effect of gen­er­at­ing a huge back­lash among cus­tomers on Face­book. I strongly sug­gest Cracker Bar­rel execs watch this video:

and Remem­ber there is no short­age of Restau­rants for peo­ple to eat at.

Update: More New­ton­ian action from Cracker Barrel

Cause: Cracker Bar­rel gets huge neg­a­tive feed­back from their cus­tomer base over Duck Dynasty decision

Effect: Via Dan Riehl & the Blaze on Cracker Barrel’s face­book page Facebook

Dear Cracker Bar­rel Customer:

When we made the deci­sion to remove and eval­u­ate cer­tain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal cus­tomers. Our intent was to avoid offend­ing, but that’s just what we’ve done.

You told us we made a mis­take. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feel­ings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We lis­tened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty prod­ucts back in our stores.

And, we apol­o­gize for offend­ing you.

We respect all indi­vid­u­als right to express their beliefs. We cer­tainly did not mean to have any­one think different.

We sin­cerely hope you will con­tinue to be part of our Cracker Bar­rel family.

I won­der what GLAAD will have to say about that?

Update 2: Here is their tweet

Update 3: TMZ is unhappy

How do CB execs move from office to office … hard to do when you don’t have a spine.

That doesn’t sur­prise me given via Glenn this :

The threat of the Robert­sons isn’t in Phil’s polit­i­cally incor­rect com­ments. The threat is that this fam­ily has fig­ured out how right-​wing pol­i­tics and Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian­ity can influ­ence pop cul­ture with­out being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades mak­ing con­ser­v­a­tives look like idiots and Chris­tians look like big­ots, Duck Dynasty reminds aver­age Amer­i­cans that these views are main­stream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advan­tage of what the Robert­sons have created?

Mark Steyn sees this

Hav­ing leaned on A&E to sus­pend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to Stage Two:

We believe the next step is to use this as an oppor­tu­nity for Phil to sit down with gay fam­i­lies in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the val­ues they share,” the spokesman said.

Actu­ally, “the next step” is for you thugs to push off and stop tar­get­ing, threat­en­ing and mak­ing demands of those who hap­pen to dis­agree with you. Per­son­ally, I think this would be a won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity for the GLAAD exec­u­tive board to sit down with half-​a-​dozen fire­breath­ing imams and learn about their values

Appar­ently his Edi­tor at NRO does not.

Given the num­ber of com­ments on the posts I’m won­der­ing how long it will be before we see a post by Jason Lee ste­orts at the Cor­ner titled “We listened”?

Update 4: Delayed Insta­lanche now 5 behind Charles

and who had 8:32 PM Sun­day in the NRO Pool?

Update 5: NRO cracker bar­rels

Update 6: GLAAD not GLADD corrected

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Mr Spock:It is attempting to generate terror, Captain.

Star Trek Wolf in the Fold 1967


General John Burgoyne: 
Swindon do you at all realize that we have nothing standing between us and destruction but our own blood and the ignorance of these backwoodsmen? They’re men of the same British stock as ourselves. Six to one of us, six to one sir, and half our troops of are Hessians,  Brunswickers,  German dragoons and Indians with scalping knives. Suppose the colonists find a leader, what shall we do then, eh?

The Devil’s Disciple 1959

I haven’t written about the Duck Dynasty business that has dominated the news primarily because I have no interest in the show whatsoever.  I didn’t watch it when it ruled the Cable waves and I have no intention to do so now when it’s become a cultural litmus test.

What is of interest to me is the Newtonian example of Cause and Effect that Duck Dynasty has been from the beginning.  To wit:

Cause:  Faith filled Louisiana family develops a duck call that becomes popular

Effect:  The family becomes wealthy without changing culturally.

That’s American Dream in action.

Cause:  4th Tier cable network (A & E) finds the story an interesting anomaly and puts it on Television

Effect:  Millions of Americans celebrate and identify with the family American success story and it becomes the most popular cable non-fiction show of all time.

Popular belief not withstanding there is a huge audience outside of the left’s cultural worldview

Cause:  The Show becomes a money machine for A & E

Effect:  It goes into merchandising overdrive making even more money for all involved

And they have money to spend.

Cause:The show becomes a ratings and a cash monster.

Effect: Every single Talk show, morning show and magazine grabs them to get a piece of those ratings and sales for themselves.

They may not understand or like these people, but they like the money & ratings they generate.

 

It’s in that context that the current controversy comes.

Cause:  Mr. Robertson accurately quotes the bible on Homosexuality and sin in a magazine of the cultural left

Effect:  GLAAD and the arbiters of the cultural left declare such speech forbidden.

The arena of acceptable public discourse on homosexuality must be Christianrein

Cause:The cultural left in media take up GLAAD’s cause attacking the Robinson family from Newspapers to Morning Joe

Effect:  A & E “suspends Robertson to avoid the wrath of GLAAD & the cultural elite.

The instinct to run away from this pressure would be reflexive to the “Arts & Entertainment

At this point A & E naturally expect the Robertson family to do the traditional Hollywood move, make a pro-forma Mea Culpa  to get this behind them and get the cash registers again.  However as cultural leftists It is at this point that they get a shock

Cause:The Robertson family is close knit, secure in their faith and in each other.

Effect: The Robertsons choose family over a TV show and bluntly but politely inform A & E there is no show without their Patriarch.


This decision to stick with family over a TV show is of little or no surprise to any person of the cultural right today nor anyone who still lives with traditional American Values.  But A & E being so far removed from them simply didn’t anticipate this reaction or what followed.

Cause: Millions of people watch & identify with the Robertson family both religiously and culturally

Effect: Those millions go after A & E promising boycotts & action.

Apparently A & E didn’t realize that the Duck Dynasty customer base were not the same audience as Will & Grace

Cause: The Robertson family inspires courage in the millions who have been pushed around culturally by the elites for the last decade.

Effect: GLAAD gets more and stronger push back then they ever had.

Nor did GLAAD expect that these simple rednecks would not back down before the wrath of their mighty fax machine.

Cause: Duck Dynasty’s advertisers realize how much money the show makes them

Effect: They stand behind the Robertson family and the millions of their customers who support them.

Nor did the cultural elites figure out that the advertisers know who is actually buying their products.

Cause: A & E stands to lose millions and Glen Beck Offers the Duck Dynasty show a home on his Blaze network.

Effect:  Well that’s what we’re waiting to see aren’t we?

A Postscript: Cracker Barrel, a restaurant who has a huge presence in areas populated by the  decided to pull some Robertson Family items from it shelves with the effect of generating a huge backlash among customers on Facebook. I strongly suggest Cracker Barrel execs watch this video:

and Remember there is no shortage of Restaurants for people to eat at.

Update: More Newtonian action from Cracker Barrel

Cause: Cracker Barrel gets huge negative feedback from their customer base over Duck Dynasty decision

Effect: Via Dan Riehl & the Blaze on Cracker Barrel’s facebook page Facebook

Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We listened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.

I wonder what GLAAD will have to say about that?

Update 2: Here is their tweet

 

Update 3: TMZ is unhappy

How do CB execs move from office to office … hard to do when you don’t have a spine.

That doesn’t surprise me given via Glenn this :

The threat of the Robertsons isn’t in Phil’s politically incorrect comments. The threat is that this family has figured out how right-wing politics and Evangelical Christianity can influence pop culture without being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades making conservatives look like idiots and Christians look like bigots, Duck Dynasty reminds average Americans that these views are mainstream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advantage of what the Robertsons have created?

Mark Steyn sees this

Having leaned on A&E to suspend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to Stage Two:

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

Actually, “the next step” is for you thugs to push off and stop targeting, threatening and making demands of those who happen to disagree with you. Personally, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for the GLAAD executive board to sit down with half-a-dozen firebreathing imams and learn about their values

Apparently his Editor at NRO does not.

Given the number of comments on the posts I’m wondering how long it will be before we see a post by Jason Lee steorts at the Corner titled “We listened”?

Update 4:  Delayed Instalanche now 5 behind Charles

and who had 8:32 PM Sunday in the NRO Pool?

Update 5: NRO cracker barrels

Update 6:  GLAAD not GLADD corrected

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It s a new work week here at DaTechGuy Blog so the effect is we now have a new $340 goal to try to make

If 14 Tip jar hitters kick in $25 that will have the effect of our making our goal this week.

However we are also dealing with one more issue of Cause and effect:

Cause: We failed to make our goal last week and during the first week of the month.

Effect: As of this writing we are a full $619 short of making payroll for the Magnificent Seven and paying the mortgage this December.

BTW there is one other Cause and effect story we can tell here

If we picked up 59 1/4 new subscribers at $20 a month.

This will have the EFFECT of allowing me to retire the daily tip jar shakes reserving them for special events.

Give yourself a Christmas present that will inform and entertain you 365 days a year in 2014. Subscribe below.