Commercialization of the civil religion, rituals, and symbols started years ago. Trump’s appropriation of them is possible only because they have become commodities.
Trump has hijacked the American civil religion, a concept that should serve as a basis for unity for citizens and used it in an attempt to further divide us along lines of race, party and religion in the name of political expediency.
It’s not an ode. More of a note towards grappling with reality. Would have been more effective as an ode, but trump doesn’t deserve one.
it is when Trump lies out of desperation, out of the fear of being found out, blamed, reprimanded, possibly even abandoned, that most people can relish it. It is in those moments that Trump is most human and our ire toward this liar is most vindicated and validated.
The Register offers up an essay by erasure of a report by erasure of a ****-**** by any other name.
Lawsuit as rhetorical trope.
This lawsuit is playing to two audiences — the courts, and the right.
For the rest of the world, it’s a performance piece.
All these secret societies – all these adolescent politicos. https://ift.tt/2Jw6bMu
The lawsuit even goes so far as to suggest that the accounts weren’t just the work of people intent on making fun of him, but rather were part of a conspiracy, perhaps backed by his political opponents, and claims that Twitter was negligent in allowing the cruel jibes to continue.
“The Twitter attacks on Nunes were pre-planned, calculated, orchestrated and undertaken by multiple individuals acting in concert, over a continuous period of time exceeding a year,” the complaint, made public ahead of being filed, stated.
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.
The People vs. Donald J. Trump
He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
Slashdot discussions are usually pretty good: sharp, insightful. This one is the equivalent of themewriting. Uninformed, over-determined, mindless recitation of received ideas, with all options removed from the world of discussion. Posturing and posing – the trope of themewriting – passing for consideration. Just as teaching the theme passes for teaching. The discussion needs an intervention.
This is your intervention: Read The Plural “I” by William Coles
for a considered critique of the deceit of the five paragraph theme and an alternative curriculum. Out of print, so reprints are inexpensive. Or try a library.
Can’t be bothered to read? Try this interview with Coles by John Boe and Eric Schroeder
, from Writing on the Edge.
An article interesting both in methodology of Q, and in the implicit use of results: to manage administrative secrecy.