The American middle class has front row seats to antics of a disconnected elite who rule over their society in irreplaceable ways. Social media is overrun with that which is genuinely better and genuinely reactionary trash, but the format of the mainstream and most importantly it's producers, have not changed.
I want to put words in your mouth. Words like Viacom and Disney and Fox and ESPN, and I want you to tell me if they are serving the proper role of the fourth estate. And then I want you to talk about Penguin and Basic and Hachette and Springer Verlag and tell me where the gap is. The way Americans talk to each other is through a set of media that up until the accident of the Internet, may as well have been a highly controlled propaganda machine. And I think the result is that we have a dysfunctional journalistic elite that are wholly unsatisfactory to America's professional class. IE, the academy is fighting, talk radio is fighting, churches are fighting, political organizations are fighting. Everybody is fighting to get the long form of the truth out there because there is an elite of 2000 blonde anchorpersons who refuse to use big words or be honest about history. So everybody is fighting to get themselves in the picture. Everybody is publishing selfies because nobody feels honestly represented.
AND. Because we have been told that we're all precious snowflakes, we cannot conform to any sensible set of coherent values and stop fighting for self-representation. So the fights continue.
This is why people fall for the identity politics of total triumph. They have not been showed how to live a life without spectacular dynamism. We don't need spectacular dynamism and revolutionary movement. We need something simple and reliable that we can verify for ourselves. We need something we can try at home. We need the confidence that we don't have to have 4K television lest we miss the next big thing. We need to be OK.
Today's cosmopolite flies from pillar to post. Not even something as simple as wheat can be reliable in their hands. The entire food supply chain of America has been traumatized by glutin. Like MSG and red dye #2 before it, these perfectly harmless things have been used to usurp common sense. But how can we trust elites who sell us Nexium one year and then sell us lawsuits against Nexium in the next? Life in America sounds like a drug commercial, idealized family living over a soundtrack of 25 debilitating side-effects. How about we just accept that we die? How about we just accept that all of this new-fangling trendiness is superfluous? How about we just eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, rice and beans, meat and potatoes?
I say the enemy is the New Materialist. He has shaken the foundations of common sense and delivered the masses into the hands of charlatans. It is not that the charlatans are any different or better than before, its that Americans have failed to respect their own native instincts and have been made almost permanently insecure. They fall for anything, in a world where tweeting is making a stand.