America really is the land of the dreams. Dreams, take many forms; hallucinations, nightmares, delusions, bad trips.
Fake News is really descriptive; how about Fake culture, fake people, fake life. Is America real? You wouldn’t think there are people living here if you walk down most streets, all you see is cars, the occasional dog walkers, and the radiant glow of the TV screen. Just forget it all!
You know, nothing captures the fake culture better than music – music is the backbone of mainstream American culture (unfortunately) – in other cultures the backbone can be science, socialization, or in primal societies, dancing around a fire at night wearing masks and costumes.
There’s no better characterization of fake news than the famous “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henly.
I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry
Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry
We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond
Who comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry
Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry
You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re stiff
Kick ’em all around
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry
We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Kraft is king
Give us dirty laundry!
American culture has been bought and sold to the Corporation generations ago. This recent meme about Fake News really captures the ‘reality moment’ America is having, and isn’t it fitting, a ‘reality TV star’ is President of the United States of America. “Reality” TV is the same ironic oxi-moron metaphor as Fake News – Reality TV – isn’t real. On the surface, it means – it’s not a scripted ‘program’ but the hidden innuendo – is that it’s REAL, as in REAL LIFE, which IT’S NOT!
Fake News is for Fake people (being from Boca Raton, FL author can attest there really is such a thing as a ‘fake’ person!)
But, what is real anyway?
People are real. Objects are real.
Money is not real. Ideas are not real. Concepts, are abstractions.
So there you go – we’ve taken you down the rabbit hole far enough. If you want to know what’s at the end of the hole, pay, and you will see!