Presidents don't set the tone the way monarches once did, but this President has the potential for being deeply transformative of American culture. Obama could change not just the things we care about, but the way we care about them, not just the things we do but the way we do them.
It's too early to tell what cultural differences the Obama pattern will bring. But you can already feel some changes, can't you?
As I was arguing a couple of days ago, 30 Rock feels like it will have to reinvent itself. It can't be the "comic resistance" anymore.
The other show that feels like it may have lost its way is 24. This show seemed to go out of its way to make Guantanamo Bay look like a summer camp. And those days are clearly over.
There are also a couple of newscaster who are looking, you know, a little "lite." If the President is going to usher in a new era of intellectual seriousness, well, there are a couple of newscasters who are going to look, er, "under resourced." And I am not talking about Lou Dobbs. Ok, I am, but he's not the only one. All boats must rise with this tide.
Thanks to Kay Hymowitz