Describing himself as a painter who knocked around university long enough to pick up some writing chops, Mark Jaskela has an interdisciplinary background. A longtime movie buff, his interest in ideological criticism of popular culture emerged through his undergraduate study of art history. Many of his briefer writing projects in recent years have veered in a more explicitly political direction when he served with the current events ministry at his church. In his spare time, he's also an online political cartoonist
Far from the least deployed weapons in America's fighting the Cold War were Hollywood movies, Elvis Presley and rock & roll. The paradox of socially sanctioned rebellion was especially evident in the Hollywood propaganda for the new music and its king. Stereotypes of a stoic international communist revolution were readily undermined by the hedonistic cultural agenda of the western world.