The Televisual Impeachment Spectacle

Today, it’s the toxic feedback swirl of Twitter and cable — and a president and a press corps that spend all hours feeding on one another’s digital droppings in a dystopian circle of life — that has rendered our political culture so vulnerable to reflexive, narrow-minded conspiracies, tribalism and groupthink. Why Lefties Should Watch Fox News, NY Times, Farhad Manjoo

How does the Impeachment madness come to an end? Where does it end? How does it end? Does it end? The TRUMP machine is imploding on itself with TRUMPological XCess beyond anything we could have imagined, and we have already seen it all. The SHOW of SHOWS has reached warped speed and is spinning out of control.

Deep Throat Redux

History repeats itself and so here we go again. Did the framers envision that the only way to protect democracy was through undercover informants releasing the truth through covert channels? Is that the way the constitution is supposed to work? Does the truth only reside in the recesses of darkened parking lots or through secretly embedded CIA agents in the White House? Maybe we are under the influence of too many spy movies or Law & Order television shows.

The Age of Innocence

“Leaving the culture without leaving the country.” – Gene Youngblood

The 50th anniversary nostalgia over Woodstock seems like a flashback to another era, a time very, very far from where we are right now. But for those who were there, it was the realization of the dream of the impossible, the impossibility of a few days of social harmony that broke free from the constraints of everyday reality: free from parents, rules, laws, and any other form of authority that said you couldn’t do that.

What it Means to be a Provocateur of Imagination

“Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediation between this strange hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.” – Pablo Picasso

There are strategies for mediating conflict that lie far outside the conventional techniques of political mediation. What is little known is how artists engage in techniques of mediation, not by just bringing opposing sides to the table, but rather through the breakdown of rigid thinking by illuminating new ways of seeing the world and its conflicts, bringing resolution and understanding to our relationship with an often “strange hostile world.”

The Situational Comedy

For the past ten years, I have been tracking and reporting on the post reality through the evolution of the situational comedy, only to discover much to my surprise and dismay, the situational comedy as a form of popular culture would evolve into the most dangerous Theater of the Absurd in the era of the XTreme TRUMPological. So I am taking this moment to reflect on the meaning of things, what it means for the nation formerly known as America to devolve into a post real comedy that strikes at the very heart of entertainment-as-life-gone-wrong.