social media is a deathtrap for elites
Dear Gato… you are officially my Spirit Animal. Thank you, thank you, for your anger, your outrage, and your articulate rhetoric. You cannot know how valuable you have been as a touchstone of sanity for me and my family. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know, because I am deeply in your debt.
Hilarious. That -tine meme? c'est magnifique
The real virus is narcissism. The plague started with the smartphone. The only way to achieve herd immunity is to delete fakebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
Have you seen this gem? I despise these people...and the list of people I despise grows longer every day.
AOC, Pelosi, Nadler, Hochul and dozens of other democrats seen in New York City around hundreds WITHOUT MASKS ON before news media and cameras showed up. Their hypocrisy is disgusting and must be exposed!! Rules for thee but not for me!!
Yes. The "elites" are exposed and mocked on social media.
Yes. They are clueless or indifferent or both to the outrage of the "proles"
BUT...in the end, there are no consequences for them.
They've use their media hatchet men (and women) to cancel people with the wrong opinions, but they engage in viral theater while ordinary Americans lose everything...
And there are no consequences for them.
The only thing I would have added is the photo of AOC flaunting her "Tax The Rich" dress and winking at the cameras.
I love this essay, but today it appears that California voters, dead and alive, knowing and unknowing, will defeat the recall of Governor Gruesome. I do think the moment of nemesis is coming, but at 55, I may not live to see it.
Supposedly, Marie Antoinette never actually said "Let them eat cake." But I usually think of her on the rare occasions that I eat it, and it's a good saying to be misremembered for.
They do it because they know there are no consequences for their behavior. Even something as simple as a performance review (recalls) or firings (vote them out) from who are supposed to be the actual bosses: the voting public. Much less something like the French or Russian revolutions. We're on so civilized these days...which is why these elites act with impunity. Add to that the American stupidity in thinking that because our aristos aren't called Viscount, Duke, Baron, etc., then we must not have any when ours are more obnoxious and elitist than the vast majority of modern-day European aristocrats.
Why worry about what they do when they rarely have to pay a price for their hypocrisy? Most of the major cultural "leaders" will cover for them, ignore the transgression, or bury down the memory hole. Pelosi, for example, is still a major voice of the Dems despite her multiple gaffs.
Gato - spot on as always. That Met gala might be the equivalent of the Time mag covers that rang the bell for previous market tops, just as the whole house of cards was shifting on the foundational sands.
How do you square this against the human desire to be recognized, lauded and respected when it comes to say, your substack page or your twitter handle before it was vaporized? Those of us that read your work are undoubtedly better informed people because of it (thank you BTW for the vast amount of knowledge you have shared) but I do not think that I am wrong to presume that you are pleased when you receive positive feedback from your posts. It is human nature to welcome compliments. I am not implying that you share your thoughts for the sole reason of getting compliments (I suspect this is simply a pleasant secondary benefit) but I am asking for your driving motivation to share your wisdom.
Is the difference between the depraved attention seekers that you wrote about in this article and people that are motivated to share their thoughts and ideas simply the focus on the idea vs the individual? "Debate my ideas, not me"?
Gato has to be somebody. Too good a writer, too perspicacious, too smart. He's like The Lone Ranger or Superman. Who is that masked man?
well but soc media's a double edged sword. Because of the hyper short attention span, the elites can keep acting like clueless idiots and being shown up and tomorrow everyone will be fawning over them again. Until some critical mass of idiocy is reached, it'll continue to be Debord's society of the spectacle.
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I'm in awe, Gato. Bravo.
How many lives do you have left mr gato? I hope you are around for a long long time. Did you ever see this?
The age of cant
I think the trap we all tend to fall into is trying to make sense out of nonsense. Then assuming the nonsensical will heed to words of wisdom.