The Schizophrenic Flesh

luka

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can feel the kind of contradictory pressures shaping that alarming act, the media and the public and be relatable and be serious funny gentle strong black not too black overcome struggle don't forget to laughcry

it's like the culture itself has been given a face, expressing all its contradictions and tensions and pressures at once

Sadmanbarty since renamed The Jazz Man or Blue Hammer-

A man who was charismatic, considered and empathetic gets plugged into the cyborg circuitry of focus groups, American consultants and headline crunching and driven to abject insanity:


A strongman imposes himself on society; they’re the head of the leviathon. A democrat let’s society impose its will(s) on them with all of It’s contradictions. So you get David Cameron supporting 2 different football teams. Boris being a Tory clash fan. Brexiters global Britain.

The schizophrenic fractured mind of the vox populi
 

constant escape

winter withered, warm
Can we consider this in terms of cultural governance, as opposed to political governance / governance proper?

Cultural/ideological governance pays little heed to the territories of political governance, no?

Again, I voted for Harris and Biden, and she does seem a near perfect face for the kind of rising (neo)liberal hegemony I have in mind.

And its still early to just treat this as fact - the reactionary nationalist contingencies aren't quite snuffed out, although I do sense that they are on their last ration of fuel. Might be a generational thing. Don't know. Also can't claim any substantial familiarity with the actual policies of reactionary/nationalist regimes.

The reason I bring up cultural governance, is because it would gradually consist of having to represent a larger, more diverse, more heterogeneous culture. This increase would somehow be correlated with globalization, and it would be interesting to see if the trends of globalization withstand covid without losing much momentum.

But in representing a wider, more diverse culture, you may need to take on a more schizo role. Rather than averaging the various cultures into a consistent and moderate persona, you appeal to various peaks here and niches there, without botching it and caving in your supporter base.

That is, how do you appeal to different angles simultaneously without merely resorting to averaging them out? I'd imagine it would look like a mix-and-match ideology built around identifying critical points of Ideology A that have minimal negative impact on Ideology B.

That is, of all of the points that Ideology A deems critical, only some of them will prove negative to other ideologies, so it would be all about picking which critical points can manage to avoid negating the critical points of other ideologies.
 

linebaugh

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That is, how do you appeal to different angles simultaneously without merely resorting to averaging them out?
This is the Biden candidacy. General low intensities. The pressures tug at him but he's largely inert, no need in fighting them if they slip off a smooth surface. Would be interesting to see how it would fair against a less iconoclastic republican candidate.
 

luka

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Had a letter from Barty writing in to nominate this entry from Britains David Cameron. The way he leans his body and fixes his unblinking eyes while making up a spurious pasty memory

 

entertainment

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There is a great one that I can't seem to find of a debate stage including Obama, Hillary Clinton and a few others where this one ancillary democrat is saying that after spending time with some of them, discussing potential foreign policy actions Iran (or somewhere), he is legitimately frightened of what these people might do. "They honestly scare me" he's saying and then you see Hillary Clinton and Obama and they're both chuckling in this weirdly jovial, patronising manner towards the speaker like they're affectionately indulging some inconsequential deluded person and the crowd is laughing this slightly confused laught as well.
 
Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris says, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
 

entertainment

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Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris says, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”

the disneyfication of politics
 
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