Barry Spector's Blog – December 2016 Archive (5)

Barry’s Blog # 189: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Eleven

In the last days of 2016, politics, media and fake news were in flux, and the stench of madness within the gates was more pronounced than ever before. There was now almost no difference between politics, news and pure entertainment. Pundits debated which celebrities would perform at the inauguration – was Trump offering ambassadorships to agents who could secure major talent – would the Radio City Rockettes show up? – while over a thousand incidents of hate speech and attacks were…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 31, 2016 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 188: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Ten

It’s always about stories – and all the stories we tell are ultimately about ourselves. The American mobility story includes a south/north variant. Millions of African-Americans left the South between 1920 and 1970. Their motivation was perhaps less about the entrepreneurial spirit and more about the refugee experience. They escaped the terror of a Jim Crow society for the promise of freedom in northern cities. Many of them, like the whites moving east to west, found that freedom…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 29, 2016 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 187: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Nine

Demographic: picture of the people

Migration: change, related to mutate

We moderns take for granted the freedom to move about, visit exotic places, sell our houses, join a different church, take a job that requires moving to another city, study abroad or even become “ex-patriots.”

But consider that (with the exception of certain nomadic tribes) most people throughout history in most places, including Europe, spent their entire lives in the same…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 24, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 186: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Eight

Recount This

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The recount effort that overnight mobilized over ten thousand volunteers and raised over $9 million, ended on December 12th. Although it raised the hopes of millions, it was clearly doomed from the start. Ultimately, though it will be a tiny footnote to the broader story, it is part of the story, and a timeline of its major aspects certainly places it in the “madness” category of this essay series. Join me…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 15, 2016 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 185: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part Seven

I’ve spent zero on advertising. – D. Trump

Much of my writing circles around my basic assertion that this is one of those times in American history when great holes appear in the façades of our myths. And when they do, the oligarchs and patriarchs who most profit from their continuation go to extreme lengths to shore up those holes and re-invigorate our sense of innocence. It’s increasingly obvious that the old story no longer fits, but that we have yet to imagine the new…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 10, 2016 at 4:12pm — No Comments

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