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January 16, 2008


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Very funny/depressing, Jodi.

I never thought I'd be nostalgic for those paternalistic, patriarchal days where guys in lab coats and pocket protectors had the authority to tell us us in reassuring, dulcet tones what the truth was on any given subject.

Now we are facing the most democratic truth (or truthiness) that has ever been brought into being, a truth that finds no anchor in the numinal straw-man of scientific authority, but instead, relies upon the authority of public opinion.

We have often seen, in recent years, the media's recourse to this kind of move:

"Is the earth 6000 years old? Take our online poll and find out after these word from our sponsor!"

This isn't even an exaggeration.

I worry incessantly about the boundless narcissism of the contemporary American subject, a subject formed by escalating rounds of flattery from the media, who find it no longer sufficient to present ads that tell the consumer what they want to hear, but must now make the opinionated, sedentary consumer the very star of its mass spectacle.


And now we find out that the dynosaurs may have died out because of fleas and ticks. T-Rex is definitely losing his sex appeal.

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