March 16, 2011
Twittering Freedom AwayAnd here is the American's sin:
from his own cupidity, from his ennui and folly and innate, instead of using the power of America in the best interest of Egyptians, or even in the best interest of Americans with an Egyptian passport, what does he do? To entertain himself, to get his TV jollies, shouting hosannahs and clapping himself on the back, he assists his Egyptian friends in committing horrible and spectacular political suicide. Is the American moral? Is he realistic? He is both criminal and insane. His nightly news is quite dramatic; his gas goes up by a dollar a gallon; his friends are devoured by wolves. Hell, it's America, we're bored and rich.
Thus brains on the road. And thus, Libya - which is to Egypt as Egypt is to New Jersey, at least culturally. Thus America, twittering away, says to Libya: "Come on! Have a revolution! It's fun! Don't miss out! Besides, we're all done with Egypt and we're getting bored bored BORED!" -Unqualified Reservations: Libya, the nadir achieved
Posted by Vanderleun at March 16, 2011 9:31 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
From 1985: Amusing ourselves to death.
Posted by: Jewel at March 16, 2011 9:46 AM
The second paragraph in the Side-Line reminded me of the "Orgy-Porgy" scene in Brave New World.
From "Amusing Ourselves to Death":
"When a population becomes distracted by trivia,
when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainment, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their
public business a vaudeville act, culture-death is
a clear possibility". And this, talking about Huxley's theme in Brave New World;
"For in the end, he was trying to tell us that what afflicted the people in Brave New World was
not that they were laughing instead of thinking but that they did not know what they were laughing
about and why they had stopped thinking".,
Posted by: George Collier at March 16, 2011 7:12 PM
The intellectually mobile laugh at that which they are told to laugh. Thinking is whatever Professor Leftist feeds them, reinforced by the entertainment industry and enforced by the media. Trickle-down group think and union greed takes care of the middle class and working class and finally social justice entitlements takes care of the poor. We're living in a thought-free utopia because no one should be exposed to second-hand thought. So long as American Idol never ends, the apolitical will never know what hit them.
Posted by: RedCarolina at March 16, 2011 9:33 PM