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The New Cynicism
See, things really can't be that bad in this country. I got a lot more worked up about the fact that I am supremely poor (impecunious?) than I did about Bush's "mandate" victory. Jess and I spent $200 at Kohl's and then another $200 at Albertson's. That's a lot more than I make in a week; I'll leave it at that.

As for the status quo, it's a good thing to rage against. The left simply needs "message control." The media is not so much biased against one side or the other. People in media are simply lazy--not unlike bloggers themselves. All the current Iraq stories are "phoned in"--locals do the reporting. Thus we don't really know how things really are, because the journalists are not out there. Likewise, the WMD assertions, which ended up being obvious baldfaced lies, were not challenged by even the New York Times, because journalists are much like you or me. They just want to get the article done--relying on messages, ideas that are not true or false, gets the TV news segment done with, or the article out. Fact checking? A thing of the past. With media consolidation and the collective American attention span being cut down to fifteen seconds, the Republicans have smartly and smarmily appealed to the worst in the American spirit. They control the "message 'shit,'" as I like to call it. It's time to realize that society is really more relativist than the left may have realized. Not only will not truth be found after long and arduous study, similarly there is no truth after a minimum of information of information. In this, the right is cynical in the most Machiavellian way:  pre-packaged "truths" are given out to the public, making individuals believe whatever and controlling the discourse with lightning quickness, the likes of which one can't even see.

This is my theory of "message 'shit.'" The left must take into account that this is a fact of late-phase capitalism or the post-industrial/post-capitalist society. People believe what what seems right, and what "seems right" is controlled with message shit (usually first seen in non-mainstream media like AM radio, cable news, which then seep into the mainstream consciousness). Thus we have people voting against their obvious economic interest--voting for Bush instead of Kerry--because the external and internal discourses are no different, and the discourse restrictions similarly decide inner thought. So many folks went for the "strong" Bush instead of the "flip-flopping" Kerry at the polls.

Post-capitalist democracy is really better than totalitarianism since it is more effective. You don't know if you're in the matrix if you're comfortable in it. The left needs to take as a given the new cynical, bullshit idea of "freedom" instead of the authentic conception we currently priviledge--i.e. the "good" part of the human/American spirit:  free and open dialogue, rational decision making, and Enlightenment values. Get cynical, baby.

And God bless America.

No profanes - sacred
 
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