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Politics has always been performance.

Politicians kissed babies, ate at the best-known local restaurant, and shook hands with the locals. Professional speech writers carefully crafted the words to be delivered by those politicians. Politics has always been performance.

However, as we move deeper into the postmodern condition, we have accelerated political performativity. Before, there was a designated stage for political performance, and politicians were careful never to step on stage without a team of dedicated professionals controlling the narrative to precision. Now, all the world’s a stage.

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Reality television is no longer limited to a genre. There is no longer a distinction between reality and…


American politics is spectacle.

Old, dusty civics books from the past fooled us into thinking politics is a noble pursuit built on a foundation of principles and duty. In reality (in a postmodern reality that is) politics is spectacle — all show, and any substance is at best incidental. What does this have to do with the UFC, one might ask? Donald Trump, Conor McGregor, Dana White, and Vince McMahon have perfected politics in its current form.

On the same weekend as the Conservative Political Action Conference 2021, the UFC held their UFC 246 in Las Vegas (the city of…


Malakai Black starts where Alister Black ends.

It would not be a stretch to say that many comic book fans are also wrestling fans. We, at times, are snobbish, elitist even, territorial know-it-alls. At times we can even be irrationally emotional about heroes and villains — about faces and heels. Having said that, we also love great storytelling. Malakai Black’s lights-out debut on the July 7th edition of AEW Dynamite is great storytelling, not unlike a great Alan Moore story arc.

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If you are not familiar with Alan Moore, it would not do him justice to compress the depth and…


“Amusement always means putting things out of mind, forgetting suffering, even when it is on display. At its root is powerlessness. It is indeed escape, but not, as it claims, escape from bad reality but from the last thought of resisting that reality.” — Horkheimer and Adorno

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If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, that would be for sounds in a forest. …

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