The media continue to discuss toxic partisanship, dysfunction, gridlock, simmering working-class resentment, as if the context had never shifted from the logic of information markets to the logic of mass audience markets. Who knew? How have we come to this? Curious journalists want to know!
the current head of State barks orders, most of which aren't even remotely Constitutional. While the media and its "consumers" struggle to see some rational plan behind the chaos, they are owned and controlled completely by what the Samurai considered entry-level strategy.
Predicting the Presidency; and Branding is a word for heating a piece of iron until it is red-hot, and plunging it onto the skin...denoting ownership.
Surveillance is what predators do when they're stalking their prey... and the prey knows it.
Such a thing as a piano, or a shovel, or a football, will become an object without meaning to anyone, ever. All art, music, literature, medicine, magic, alchemy, addiction, love, hate, war, poverty, wealth, work, bondage, freedom, and peace will have disappeared from the universe.
In the Attention Age paradigm, there is a new axiological value, a central object of commerce, what the film industry used to call "The MacGuffin". In "The Maltese Falcon", that ugly statuette was the MacGuffin.
It was an ad for a college – and simultaneously, for NPR – disguised as news for its gossamer connection to the horror of Valentine’s Day.