American politics: the ultimate farce in the age of show business
Finally I have to break my rules here and for the first time talk about American politics. It’s not that I couldn’t care less about American politics, which I have to admit I do care very much as long as America is still the superpower and its politics would very much affect our modern civilization. I am just sick and tired of the level of absurdity it discerns. Neil Postman addressed the American politics as the biggest joke in the age of show business, I couldn’t agree more. In General, I am apathetic to those heated debates, for I associate myself with neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. But this time, the farce is going beyond one’s imagination.
Why? What happened? If you keep up with the news, these days the competition for the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election has been a major mass media sensation all over the place. A few hot shots stirred up the pie. People got super psyched, for they, being hypnotized by the axiom of entertainment since born, have already sniffed the super fun drama that is about to hit the screen. Then it came the live-broadcasting Republican debate show on CNN. One time wasn’t enough, then it came the second time. All gossips spatter around: contagious and touching campaign commercials, sex scandals, ad hominem, the hot daughter, and etc. A glamorous fair for the amusement of American audiences, and the most entertaining actor will eventually win the people’s “heart”.
Wait a second, what was the debate about? Hmm…. That doesn’t seem to matter. For all we know those are the cool guys on the screen, and they rock on stage! Apparently the show producers aren’t quite satisfied with the current rating. So the next stage is planned: Donald Trump will be invited to moderate the upcoming Republican presidential debate.
There goes the last remaining dignity of American politics (if any). It doesn’t even pretend to be serious any more. For the voters of the United States, this is THE popularity contest, this is the American Idol, this is the American Got Talented, this is the Miss America Pageant, this is the Apprentice, most of all, this is the quadrennial carnival of the USA.
Amusingly, Huntsman has declined to participate in that rigged live show and plans to hold a Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Gingrich? Please, this smells like two attention whores scare of being overshadowed by Trump in his TV show and plan a duel to boost their likeness by the people. Well, people need to be entertained, and they provide with entertainment. But using the name of Lincoln and Douglas just to get more sympathy and attention, is, sheer low as well.
And liberals in the West bitch that Chinese don’t have the “privilege” for democracy? The privilege to watch a funny drama? Thanks but no thanks. We’d like to get things actually done.
It’d be the first and the last post about American