FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
A world where Storyline rules: It's harder and harder to see the way out of our nation's mess.
That doesn't mean that there isn't a route of escape. It's just hard to see what it is.
"Things are in the saddle and ride mankind," Emerson famously said. Today, it's The Crazy which sits in the saddle—The Crazy and Storyline.
On the cable news broadcasts which air in Our Town, The Crazy is currently capably represented by Congresswoman QAnon—Marjorie Taylor Greene. Based on perfectly respectable reporting, there's nothing too crazy for her to believe, nothing too violent to tilt toward.
That said, it isn't just Greene. We've continued to learn, in the past several decades, that there seems to be nothing that's too crazy for many people to believe.
People believed in Pizzagate. Before that, people believed in birtherism.
Before that, people believed that the Clintons had murdered all those people, and people believed that Candidate Gore kept making those crazy misstatements. Our journalists were even asking if that string of crazy misstatements—those LIES—might reflect some sort of psychological impairment.
Many people believed these things, or at least pretended to do so. Many people advanced those various claims.
Many such people were liberal elites from our high-powered professional guilds. At present, there's a huge amount of The Crazy in "deplorable" towns, but it isn't all found Over There!
On this very day, near-variants of The Crazy are being widely reported right here in Our Town. We see at least four such near-variants reported in today's New York Times alone.
Locations: San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Peru. In our view, The Crazy is hardly unknown Over Here, where Storylines about gender and race have routinely been used as our toys.
When we go crazy over here in Our Town, it almost always involves some matter of gender or race. Our long-postponed discussion of this depressing matter will be launched next week.
That said, is The Crazy really in the saddle? Along with its partner, Storyline, does The Crazy now rule mankind?
To a large extent, so it can seem. This signals the need for a journalistic meta-discussion—a meta-discussion which would be drawn from the realm of abnormal psychology.
Is "something wrong" with Congresswoman QAnon? Are we looking at a type of medical or psychiatric impairment?
Is "something wrong" with Congresswoman Q? We'll guess that something is!
That said, our "highly educated" media elites agreed that we mustn't have that discussion about our former commander-in-chief. They'll stick with that stance in this latest case, refusing to examine the underlying conditions which permit The Crazy to spread far and wide among the struggling populations of our war-inclined species.
Many people believe in QAnon! What allows that to happen?
Now for a moment of candor:
After Biden took the oath, we enjoyed a few days of repose at this site. The former commander-in-chief had left town. Blissfully, he'd even been silenced!
Under the rubric of "What Is Truth?" we actually thought that we could discuss the role of truth in the ways we react to Hollywood films. We imagined and said that we'd do so this week.
So silly! We expect to skim that topic tomorrow. For today, let's bring the note of sadness in.
At The Atlantic, it's already happened. One of the youngsters has already learned that Joe Biden is a big LIAR—that "no one w[ill] be true."
In fairness, that isn't quite what the relative youngster said. But it comes fairly close.
His piece appears under the headlines shown below. As many Hollywood films have chronicled, the younger, vastly more "privileged" generations will often feel quite badly used:
Biden Will Lie to You
All presidents do.
The Atlantic lists that "story" under IDEAS. Perhaps they're just being ironic.
The crazy misstatements of Donald J. Trump have defined this political era. In Our Town, we've preferred to refer to these lunatic statements as "lies," even though we have no way of knowing if the lunatic is so crazy that he really believes them.
To spread this theme to Biden so quickly is a sign of a vast though familiar disorder. It takes us back to the previous generation, which kept inventing ways to claim that Candidate Gore was spreading his own perverse LIES.
With regard to The Atlantic, the "story" in question is basically daft. As an example of journalism, it's a fuzzy and hapless non-starter.
That said, the lovely shall be choosers and the privileged love to complain! According to major experts, this is bred very deep in the bone, and it's found among every "race."
Despite thousands of years of silly self-flattery, we humans just aren't super-sharp. We love Storyline and we love to complain, though always about Them, Over There.
Tomorrow: What is truth in film? To what extent are we humans wired to care about matters of truth?
Starting next week: Gender and race Over Here
I want you to know that while we watched you discoverThat no one would be trueWe were among the ones who thoughtIt was just a childish thing to do
It was all very painlessWhen you went out to receiveAll that false instructionWhich we never could believe.And now the heart is filled with goldAs if it was a purseBut, oh, what kind of love is thisWhich goes from bad to worse?