Self-objectification distinguishes us from our forebears. You might say we’re in an era of hyper-self-objectification (someone probably has). Social media gives anyone the opportunity to package and broadcast oneself as a crafted image, to imagine themselves as a work of art. Popular makeup and hair for women has gone from the attempt to fake youthContinue reading “Objectification”

Media v Media

Google’s Perspective algorithm is a tool for censoring “toxic” speech based on word combinations that isn’t effective enough for censorship proponents. (Who come mostly from media. Oliver Darcy’s efforts on CNN were crucial to the campaign to ban Alex Jones. They should just give him the Pulitzer. Come on, msm, you know you want to.) CableContinue reading “Media v Media”

Hegemony and Harmony

Jack Beatty writes in Age of Betrayal: …capitalism was up for debate in Gilded Age America; it had not achieved “cultural hegemony,” a concept introduced by the Italian Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci to elucidate how regimes rule without force. Hegemony, for Gramsci, is “the ‘spontaneous’ consent given by the great masses of the  population toContinue reading “Hegemony and Harmony”

Predator, Prey

None other than the New York Times has exposed, it would seem, the hypocrisy of early #MeToo leader Asia Argento. Only now I learn her struggle: she was compelled to fake orgasm to get Harvey Weinstein’s face out of her vagina, just like Rose McGowan before her, except Argento maintained a consensual sexual relationship with Weinstein forContinue reading “Predator, Prey”

The Alt Right is Dead; Long Live the Alt Right

This Atlantic piece by Adam Serwer, “White Nationalists are Winning”, is a torrent of paranoid hyperbole from the bugman’s id, but gets the important part right. A year after white nationalists in Charlottesville chanted, “You will not replace us!,” their message has been taken up and amplified by Fox News personalities. Tucker Carlson tells his audienceContinue reading “The Alt Right is Dead; Long Live the Alt Right”

Real Comedy v Fake Comedy

Political correctness holds sway as no dispensation before, and with nothing more than, well, political correctness; it’s both means and end, in a way. The pre-sixties order in America, still Wasp and Christian, could be publicly skewered. Even Lenny Bruce only ran afoul of authorities for obscenity. But I doubt there’s been a period inContinue reading “Real Comedy v Fake Comedy”

Reality, Sanity and Survival

Wikipedia: In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. The occurrence of cognitive dissonance is a consequence of a person performing an action that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and values; and also occurs when confrontedContinue reading “Reality, Sanity and Survival”