Bright Shiny Things
So many absurdities. White House officials making up massacres and hawking costume jewelry out of the West Wing. Picking fights with Australia, a department store and Sweden – who picks a fight with Sweden? The gilded life style and the silly necktie. And then there are the really scary events. A national security situation playing out at a dinner party. The director of the National Security Council lying about meeting with Russian officials to people inside the White House. The rescinding of an administrative order that protects very vulnerable young people – right? because transgender kids don’t have enough to deal with – let’s make going to the bathroom at school a hassle again. The report of the White House plan to mobilize the National Guard troops to deport the undocumented. Was that real news, or fake?
Be Real – Shatter the Spectacle
“Whether we love Trump or hate him, is it possible we are all equally addicted consumers of spectacular images he continues to generate? Have we been complicit in the rise of Trump, if only by consuming the images generated by his person and politics? Do the critical counter-images that protesters create constitute true resistance, or are they instead collaborating with our fascination with spectacle? We may insist that this consumption is the basic work of concerned citizenship and moral vigilance. But Debord would counter that such consumption reflects little more than a deepening addiction. We may follow the fact checkers and cite the critics to our hearts’ delight, but these activities, absorbed by the spectacle, have no impact on it.”
–Robert Zaretsky, New York Times, 2/20/17
So be real. Read real news. Learn real things. Work with real people to make real and lasting change. Turn away from the Spectacle, go local with politics and organizing. Because we are snowflakes and a lot of us moving in the same direction makes an avalanche.