Yes, boys and girls, April has arrived, trying to bring in Spring and clear away the last of winter, bringing with it the first day of April that became, sometime long ago, April Fool’s Day.
I get a little tired of looking around and wondering if people are stuck in some kind of notion that every day is April Fool’s Day. Checking out what we get for news now here in the US is pretty bad for that, especially when political type creatures are involved, or corporate and banking and financial type business “leaders”, or, worst of all, when those domains intersect.
Examples of this come so fast and thick that it’s hardly possible to keep up. I sometimes post notes here on recent events where I include such a large batch of links that I worry that I’m just overloading things, and that’s usually even when I’m really being selective so as to not overload any readers. There’s usually a great deal more I’m leaving out because I worry that people will just bail on it all, because they think it’s all just too much.
That’s coupled with the feeling of being a little too repetitive, wondering if people are thinking it’s a bit silly that I often seem to be just writing about the same things over and over, essentially. The problem is that in these topics, the new material just keeps piling up, along with the older stuff possibly not getting through except to people who already know about it, a classic preaching to the choir situation.
Just yesterday I flipped through TV channels a bit as I sometimes do, and encountered something midway through the proceedings on one of the C-Span channels with former Federal Reserve Bank chairman Ben Bernanke, with the graphic on the bottom of the screen indicating that the subject of whatever conference or seminar was happening was “FULL EMPLOYMENT”. I didn’t stay around for long, so I never was able to figure out if the general theme of the event was discussing some notions about how to get the US economy to “full employment” or if people were seriously suggesting that we are almost there.
Go wade through it if you want. Maybe somebody can fill me in here.
A few days ago, the former, as in fired, CEO of HP (formerly known as Hewlett-Packard), Carly Fiorina, went into Sunday television political dog and pony show mode, with her self-serving appearance apparently being mainly about putting forth the notion of her placing herself into public consideration as a choice to be elected President of the United States of America in 2016.
This, alone, is a fine example of unintentional hilarity in the realm of American politics and governance. It’s just one of many, an endless list making every day April Fool’s Day. It’s getting harder to not think… when is it not April Fool’s Day now?
The joke has worn thin.
In a time and place where we’re suffering more and more from the effects of pervasive habits of bullshitting our way through everything, making it a joke isn’t merely not funny, it’s tragic.
One of the problems that should be obvious to everybody by now, and yet, somehow, seems lost on some people, is that this spectacle of chronic pervasive bullshit from people who present themselves as various kinds of experts and authority figures, even while spewing nonsense and even outright lying, adds an extra layer of problematic complication. That is, what happens when people bombarded with the stuff gradually grow into a jaded state of being anywhere from suspicious, to outright dismissive, of anybody deemed to be experts and authorities. What happens when people are presented as experts and authorities who are clueless, or liars, or both, and some people begin to regard all “experts” and “authorities” as clueless liars? Problems abound in that.
These thoughts certainly come to mind as I witness the recent spectacle of Carly Fiorina, telling the American public that she should be President because, according to her, she “has a deep understanding of how the economy works“, which has a certain resemblance to the past pronouncements of repeat presidential candidate Willard Romney.
I’ll leave you to do your own research about these two, and maybe spend some time thinking about comparing the fate of the former Hewlett-Packard, “reinvented” under Fiorina to “HP”, and various businesses sucked into the clutches of Romney’s Bain Capital. (Matt Taibbi did a great article on the latter.)
Virtually anything in the current American popular news media about the realm of business and finance and banking and employment and “the economy” in general feels like an April Fool’s joke, and that’s all wound up with the assortment of self-serving political games. The games in Washington and all the madness and deception running through it all have been getting more and more blatantly dishonest and batshit insane.
An obvious problem staring me in the face as I think about this general problem of April Fool’s Day, every day, is wondering how it’s possible to talk about anything without the running chronic problem of how to not seem so absurdly repetitive that people think I’m suffering from some kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Even mentioning that is repetitive. Again, it’s something of a preaching to the choir situation. Pick a subject; economic matters, energy, world geopolitics and the endless madness of military empire, and the stuff piles up, adding more all the time to the existing pile. Whether the talking-point memes of confusion, pretense, and alternate-reality delusions are about “economic recovery” or “energy independence” or “defending our freedom and fighting The War On Terror” or whatever the thing of the moment is, it’s like people hang on to some kind of running April Fool’s ruse as a replacement for reality because they think it’s easier and better that way, or something.
I really don’t know the explanation, but maybe people who know far more about psychology than I can take a whack at it.