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“Facebook is for engagement, not truth.”

November 17, 2016

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5. Since people use Facebook not to be informed but to belong or be connected or to get attention or to be entertained, any information on Facebook will be used to those ends and not the ends of constructing a more accurate understanding of the world. (It is not like Google, which people don’t use to perform or express themselves but to get information they need. Google has economic incentives to be accurate.) The presence of outrageously fake news on Facebook may even remind users of this, that what they are seeing is an entertainment-oriented reflection of the world they would like to see and believe in, not the world as it is.

6. Facebook is for engagement, not truth. It provides us a means by which we can inhabit and operate pleasurable fictions. The narratives facilitated within Facebook should be understood as fictional. We participate in and consume our lives vicariously through Facebook.

Read More | “More on ‘fake news’ | Rob Horning | Internal exile

 

“we have failed to notice the facts right in front of our faces: the uniquely parallel structures, the same winners, the similar losers, the crimes, the human degradation. We are already living in our very own, cruel 21st-century Supermanagerial Reich.”

November 17, 2016

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Yet it is the crime of wars of aggression that is considered the principle or greatest charge in the Nuremberg Charter, the crime which sets the stage for “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.” If there is going to be a politics that overcomes the new fascist threat, it must address the fact that the crisis is not now, the crisis has already been for some time. By focusing only on the threat of our homegrown Hitler caricature we have failed to notice the facts right in front of our faces: the uniquely parallel structures, the same winners, the similar losers, the crimes, the human degradation. We are already living in our very own, cruel 21st-century Supermanagerial Reich.

Read More | “The Supermanagerial Reich” | Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Raphaële Chappe | Los Angeles Review of Books

 

“Thanksgiving is the festival of white reconciliation.”

November 16, 2016

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I have been thinking about something I am calling white reconciliation after Trump’s win. White reconciliation names the range of ways ideologically and politically divergent whites are gathered by and into white supremacy by being offered a seat at the family table. As Christina Sharpe points out, white kinship is a political and affective vernacular that subtends and operates alongside white supremacy (I’ll add the link when it’s available). White supremacy uses white kinship to sustain itself: “for our wives and children”; “for our families”; “protect the family”; “protect our children.” This kinship is both filiative (by blood) and affiliative (by choice). And while the language of white supremacy sounds political (and angry—those who use it are accused of being angry), the language of white kinship is taken as apolitical or, to use Lauren Berlant’s term, juxtapolitical: driven and sustained not by political battles to be won, but by feelings and values. Family is important. Family values. White kinship.

White kinship works through white reconciliation or, rather, it requires rituals of white reconciliation. U.S. Thanksgiving is the festival of white reconciliation.

Read More | “Thanksgiving” | Keguro Macharia | Gurkira

 

“The #poorwhite has no excuse.”

November 16, 2016

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Once again you’ve scapegoated Blackness and Otherness. The conditions with which you have demanded people of color remain are now yours and you want my empathy and my sympathy and my help but I couldn’t care less. You face the same extinction we’ve been threatened with since the foundation of this flawed paradise. The same extinction you brought against the natives of this land to create this malignant utopia.

I will not feel for you. I will not cry for you. I honestly pray, you starve through the winter dear Grasshopper — and make no mistake winter is here. For it is your burden to carry that you didn’t harvest, that you didn’t pull yourself up. That you stewed and cried “woe is me”. It’s your excuses and race card that prevent you from seeing the forward march. The #poorwhite has no excuse.

Read More | “Today Isn’t Any Better” | Judnick Mayard | Medium

 

“A puppet is quite frankly the best candidate to play the principal role in a puppet’s theater.”

November 15, 2016

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3. Politics is essentially the art of manipulation of appearances, of false pretenses, strategy, three-band play, permanent coup d’état, bad faith and of domination, or in other words: efficacious falsehood(s). It is quite logical then to elect as president a patent liar. Those who see in this election the triumph of a “post-truth” politics, since the winner never worried about “respecting the facts,” try to lamentably hide the evidence that since he was elected, it is precisely because he incarnates the truth of politics: the truth of its falsehood. That which makes the Left everywhere worth of hate, is their attempt to disprove this falsehood by attempting to make a politics of good feelings/intentions. Each time that the Left has taken to task the obscenity of Trump, it has but resounded the false character of its own moralism. The restraint which the Left relies on is also the restraint of its truth, which perpetuates the reign of falsehood. This is thus how Trump has become, for some, the name of the end of falsehood. He just lacks having reading any Gracian, whom spoke on the man of the court: “When his artifice is found out, he refines his dissimulation, and makes uses of truth to fool further. He changes the game and weaponry to change the ruse. His artifice is to have none at all.”
4. If to govern today is reduced to the exercise of emergency communications; if today all politicians solely play their role in a entertaining spectacle accessible to all; if they only strive to postpone day after day the examination of the vital questions whose irresolution undercut our existence; if the exercise of State power only seeks to provide a decoy for those with real power, because they have real interests in the world, and seek to continue serving them; if thus the government is no longer in the government and if the palaces are empty; thus it is highly rational to elect as president a professional charlatan from reality TV. A puppet is quite frankly the best candidate to play the principal role in a puppet’s theater.

Read More | “Letter to Our Friends in America” | ediciones chafa