We live in an era when every little thing is blown up into a major issue, when it doesn’t rain, it is “storm watch 2008”, people aren’t voters or Americans, they are hyphenated-Americans. Candidates don’t get votes, they get “White”, “Black”, “working class”, “college educated” votes. Voices, like mine, are amplified over the internet beyond anything imaginable heretofore. We are lost in a sea of “meanings” given to us by others, mostly the mainstream media, but also by ourselves. We don’t just make it from day to day, we “live it large.” We are delusional.
Little could those enthusiast of the Enlightenment in the late eighteenth century imagine our culture and its amplified bits of reality. In their day ideas travelled slowly between people, life was at apace we would now think of as lassitude. The press was admittedly incendiary and vituperative. But there were no blogs, few if any “authorities” on anything, and no “Situation Room” to tell you what is important.
What is the purpose of doing these ubiquitous exit polls which tell us not only what category voted for whom but even what our views on subjects defined by the pollster may be. We are all becoming instant authorities on everything. Our opinion is read round the world, we are talking to each other so much the din is bringing us perilously close to the point where words become trivial. We text, we chat, we blog, we bloviate all the time everywhere we go.
We have been divided into categories. Rather than reject this insult to our personhood we empower this insanity by adopting the categories as our own, and when we know the category to which we have been assigned doesn’t quite fit, we find another category to add to our repertoire so that we are not simply a human being, we are a white, bisexual, right wing, college educated woman.
Many of us fail to realize that this categorization is aimed at controlling, dehumanizing and dividing us. There is no good reason to know whether the people who vote for candidate A are one category or another. It is entertainment, not news. What the hell are we supposed to do with this information? C’mon, be honest, what difference does it make? If you will change your mind after learning these faux facts then you shouldn’t be voting, you are a threat to the public weal.
If you just want to find out if you are doing what you are supposed to do, then you are a tool of forces who use you and will throw you away when you are no longer needed. Listening to the opinions of others is sensible. Listening to the constant chatter that inundates us daily as meaningful is insanity making.