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Seriously? Seriously?

surprisedI hope you know what you’re doing. I get the part about voting for him. What I don’t get is being fooled by him. And I’m not sure who’s getting fooled. Is he what he appears to be, or is it all just an act?

He’s a real estate salesman. He doesn’t design buildings. He doesn’t actually build them. He just puts his name on them. He “gets it done” but what about how he gets it done?

What is his word worth? Is he an honorable man? A decent one? A kind one? Do we have any fucking idea who this guy really is?

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BB #3 – Class Warfare

Today a second Brain Bubble; a pair of related BBs fired into the interweb. The first one concerned the “mainstream liberal media” meme. This one concerns another meme we seem to accept as given, but which I think deserves deeper thought.  (Of course, I’m prone to thinking most things deserve deeper thought than they get, but that’s another BB… or SB… or full-blown article!)

In any event, this BB concerns the idea of “Class warfare.”  It’s a phrase often used by the upper class to describe any sort of perceived “attack” against them. It implies “dirty fighting” and seeks to turn any complaint—no matter how valid—into an ad hominem attack.

Which, of course, would be unfair, right?

Wrong.

It deflects valid complaints about the real unfairness, which is the growing gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us.  A gap that is increased and strengthened by purchased political power.  It turns any attempt to suggest that participating at a greater level in the welfare of the country is somehow unfair to them.  That being asked to contribute in greater measure to the country that provided the platform for their wealth is unjust.

The Conservative point of view so frequently seems to boil down to, “I got mine. Fuck you. Go get yours (if you can).”  It’s an oddly evolutionary view coming from the side that seems associated with anti-science and anti-evolution. It’s the Liberals that seem more prone to equalization and supporting the weak.

Maybe class warfare is exactly what is already going on.  And the regular citizens of this country, the so-called 99%, are the ones losing the battle.  That’s hardly surprising given the disparity of power involved.

The danger here is a tipping point where the powerless and voiceless begin to feel as other beleaguered groups do when they find no recourse except terrorism. I’ve often wondered why it hasn’t happened already.  Back in the 70s I predicted the country would be “in flames” by the turn of the century, but fortunately (I guess) that hasn’t happened.

In this modern era, I had some hope the “Occupy” movement would gain some sort of traction and accomplish something.  I thought the same thing regarding the Obama presidency.  But the Occupiers have faded and vanished, and nothing changed.  Obama promised change, and nothing changed.

At some point we decided that “Greed is Good!”  At some point, we became almost entirely materialistic and shook off the annoying restrictions of principle and intellect and honor and fairness.  At some point we turned into a voyeuristic society of tweeting, ignorant, stupid, narcissistic, shallow assholes.

No wonder nothing changes. We’ve all anesthetized by our cell phones and “reality” programming.  We’ve abdicated thought and analysis to the talking heads on the TV machine without realizing there’s no thought or real analysis there, either.

It is class warfare, and not only are we losing, we may already have lost. It’s possible that it’s already over. It’s our bed, bed bugs and all.

Is it too late, or can we still engage? It will require waking up and taking back control from the wealthy. It is class warfare, and we’re losing, in part, because we’ve accepted the meme that “class warfare” is bad, that we should sit back, relax, watch TV and let business proceed at will.

We’ve said, “Hell, NO!” to that kind of shit in our past. Maybe we need to unify our voices and say it once again.


BB #2 – Lamestream Miberal Nedia

At some point the phrase, “liberal media,” became part of the accepted public dialog.

Perhaps “accepted” isn’t the correct word, as some have taken the tack that, “No, this statement is false, the media isn’t liberal at all. Here’s proof…”  I have never found their arguments convincing, although obviously I have my own bias on the situation.  For purposes of this Brain Bubble, I’m going to take it as given that, as a rule, the media really does lean left (for common definitions of “media” and “left”).

In any event, the concept, the meme, is known, understood, whether you grant its premise or not. And I think you tend to find agreement on both sides that the media really is liberal (with some notable exceptions).  On the right, of course, the liberal label is a club, a weapon of attack. On the left, we find both apologists and deniers; there are deniers on the (supposedly) neutral ground as well.

The Vice-President recently cited the TV show, Will & Grace, so I’ll just use W&G (also known as “WaG“) as Exhibit One. And before W&G there was Ellen, and even earlier Northern Exposure.  And that’s just a single segment among many liberal points of view. Television, that daily invader of our conscious lives, brings many such segments. There are conservative segments as well, but they tend to lie in current events channels rather than in entertainment channels.  Even Fox serves very different sectors between its programming for young entertainment and its programming for, say, Fox News.

So assume the premise is correct, at least in terms of the main content most people watch. Hollywood is a nest of liberal lefties.

But people rarely seem to ask, “Well, why is that?”  Maybe there’s something to be learned in the question. Or in the answer.  (Or maybe the answer would make the question moot, and that’s why people tend to avoid asking, “Why?”  They might have to accept the conclusion!)

The idea that one side “won” and somehow ended up with the lion’s share of “the media” is silly. The “media” evolves constantly; new shows arrive in a steady stream. If anything, all those rich corporations and money-holders should have “won.”  The media, after all, is owned by huge corporations.  (Think of it: the infrastructure owned by money and power, but the content created by lefties and liberals. A marriage of convenience if there ever was one.)

No, the Media is liberal because it consists (generally) of educated, experienced (world-wise) people who are more prone to see a bigger, connected picture of the world than someone with a more narrow education or background. A broad education tends to make one a progressive thinker. Once you see the big picture, you tend to lean left (or so goes my theory).  I would go further to say that once ones eduction is both broad and deep, progressive (liberal) thinking is almost a certainty.

It’s interesting to wonder if, as the corporations become stronger and stronger, will the media become more puppet-like? Is corporate ownership the real reason CNN has become useless and irrelevant? I’ve mentioned before that MSNBC TV has become, to my mind, as big a joke on the left as is Fox News on the right. Is it because their corporate masters can not afford insightful, real news? I can’t help but wonder. All I know for sure is that none of them are watchable any more.

Here’s the real question: As cable  TV in general fades away, replaced by the interweb, what—if any—bias will the interweb show? The interweb offers something society has never seen before in terms of its sheer scale and volume. It provides a vox populi platform the likes of which history has never seen. It’s already affecting society in big ways; those changes have only just begun.

Finally: Is the interweb self-selecting? The internet was. A certain level of technical skill was required, and early on access was restricted. The early internet was semi-difficult to “read” (get data from) and very difficult to search or “write” (put data into). Now it’s all trivial. Writing data to the collective public mass is trivial and searching is easy. Anyone can get on the interweb!

So now, increasingly, we’re all here.  That’s something new under the sun!