Why Do You Consume It?
Heh, look at me. It's like I'm a real blogger again or something. I blame all that rain we had; there was no way I was getting squat done in the garden this past week. But clearly my old addiction was just masqued by planting; I admit that and this post is as much to myself as it is to you all.
Why do you consume SCLM product? I am honestly very curious. I don't, for the most part, other than what is repeated on the blogs I read. I'm not just talking about "news" and opinion programs about politicts, etc. I am also talking about your favorite TV show, film production house, magazines, video games and corporate-sponsored and/or party-approved blogs.
Why do you consume them, and what do you believe they give to you?
I burned out of my former reading habits back during the primaries, and I've never really gone back to the way I was in 2002-06. In those days, I couldn't get enough information and generated a blogroll for myself that is 000s long, sometimes spending the equivalent of an additional workday on top of my regular workday reading them. My own reasons had to do with 1) the horror at watching Bush and his DLC enablers destroy the country 2) the belief that important information could almost only be found at alternative, non-corporate and independent sources. After it became clear to me that having the majority meant nothing, in terms of the actions Democrats should've taken back then, I started to lose interest. As the primaries unfolded, I was too upset and hurt emotionally and intellectually to follow a lot of writers as closely as I had; I don't do vitriol well, at least not for very long. I think it was good for me, personally, to take an extended break from reading and I know not a few people with a similar narrative wrt blogging and news.
It's been very reassuring and useful to be part of this community, for all I'm not around as much anymore, because at least here I can read reports from people who aren't following politics because it's their "ugly man's version of Hollywood." Celebrity worship annoys me to no end, and that includes celebrity politicians. Folks here mostly have their heads screwed on straight, and expect action as well as talk from those they support and endorse, or they lose interest. That certainly describes me, and my focus on garden blogging over politics. So much of it is Kabuki, and thus a waste of my very limited "free" time. And I'm Doomy enough to believe that we all should be scrambling to shore up our own little corners of the world, as I've said many times here now. No one is going to take care of you but you, in the
coming ongoing collapse. Thus: canning, solar roofs, a focus on local politicians and "neighborliness."
Yet I find myself still over here at the lonely margins, failing to understand why people I respect and admire can't seem to stop talking about this or that 'personality' in the media, even when it's long since been established that the political media is a complete tool in service to the overlord class, and that no amount of "shaming" or writing posts that begin with "Democratic politician X should be..." will change their behaviors in a meaningful and permanent fashion. Does anyone else find reading a lot of progressive (and I do mean progressive, not "progressive" although that can be included too) political writing to feel like, well, a waste of time?
And don't get me wrong: the job of Resistance Historian is a valuable one, and future generations will thank us for doing it. Also, I understand that sometimes you've just got to get it off your chest, or that when it's your pet issue and your supposed political ally is busy shitting all over that, the primal scream is often all we have. It's just that I think after this fun week of blogging, I'll probably go back to just checking in a few places, dropping a few comments as I sip my evening wine, and generally not being as connected to the blogosphere as I have been in the past.
I can't stress enough how odd it was to come in to the Sherrod flap "mid narrative." Like most Americans, I had never heard of this woman until she became the center of a media shit storm. Unlike most Americans, I hadn't been consuming the narrative as it unfolded, and found out about it only because I couldn't understand all the screaming, angry, arguing comments at my favorite blogs. "Sherrod who? Vilsack what?" I asked. The fascinating part was watching people fall into neatly defined, entirely predictable, pre programmed narratives about whom was "right" or "wrong." I'm speaking of lefty folks here; of course I completely ignore winger media. I found myself thinking, "do folks even know words are being put in their mouths, words and concepts that themselves delimit and create boundaries such that truly progressive ideas can find no space in the discussion or creation of solutions?" Cause imho, that's exactly what was happening.
Lb is talking about something similar downstairs, and I will conclude by also asking about non-political media product in your life. Because again, imho, nothing in the media stream is truly "non-political." Not children's cartoon shows, not cooking magazines, not video games or youtubes produced by anything other than a lone individual or two. Propaganda is a old and well established science, much more scientific and mathematical than say, economics. And it's everywhere in the media stream, all the time.
I don't mean to sound like a hypocrite and I'm not dissing anyone here or in particular. Of course I enjoy some media product; I'm an American and that addiction was given to me before birth. Less and less these days, as it's clear to me that the type of propaganda we get is changing. Goddess Bless Raygun for killing decent public education in this country, we can all be created serfs with simpler, easier to understand mind control now, no need for elegant High Brow artists as well as the low. I suspect that as the years go by and I consume even less "fresh" and up to the minute new media product, my old DVDs from the halcyon 90s will get many more scratches from repeated use. On a DVD, Buffy will never get old, and I'll always believe that Angel really did finally get to kill his dragon.