Between Twitter, Facebook and the Blogosphere, I follow at least one of everybody. There’s no other way to keep up these days and, honestly, all of ya’ll bear watching.
I keep most of what I find to myself, but there was something today that forces me to respond.
Not there. It wouldn’t do any good, no matter where “there” happened to be.
Whatever social media was supposed to be in theory, in the mean old world where it operates, it’s an echo chamber where people go to feel and express two emotions at the exclusion of all else: rage and the warm glow of being told they are right….about everything.
Today, the extreme right wing white nationalist I follow on twitter linked to a record by a white man.
It was the first time she had heard it and she was compelled to comment on it’s incredible beauty. By her profile she looks to be twenty-something. By her tart responses to anyone foolish enough to confront her on her own turf, she’s highly intelligent (extremists of every stripe often are).
She responded to this particular song as though it were an incredible piece of her white heritage which had been kept from her by the dark forces of a lost world.
She could hear it only as an example of white pride–could believe such things have been pushed to the margins (where their very creation is no longer conceivable in this Brave New World), and kept from her only by an insane application of diversity theory.
That’s the problem with throwing your Culture away.
When some piece of it bobs up among the waves that swept you away, whoever is looking for a life raft is apt to grab on….and make of it what they will.
What do you think.
Who do you think.
Just try to imagine hearing it for the first time on the other side of whatever journey brought that highly intelligent young woman to the place where she is now….a place where it sounds as it if could have emerged from those waves only after a thousand years of what she has convinced herself is the only viable reality….
I do sort of wonder what she’ll make of this, if she follows the YouTube thread…