Does anyone remember swine flu? It was going to kill us all last week, before we found out that MPs were scamming everyone. Now we’re going to be bankrupted by MPs. If we’re not made unemployed. Then we’ll probably starve to death.
“The bewildered herd is a problem. We’ve got to prevent their roar and trampling. We’ve got to distract them. They should be watching the Superbowl or sitcoms or violent movies. Every once in a while you call on them to chant meaningless slogans like “Support our troops.” You’ve got to keep them pretty scared, because unless they’re properly scared and frightened of all kinds of devils that are going to destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere, they may start to think, which is very dangerous, because they’re not competent to think. Therefore it’s important to distract them and marginalize them.” – Noam Chomsky
I am more aware than ever of how the media all follow each other and, often without any apparent reason, turn things into major news stories. Depressingly, these things frequently tend to be completely inconsequential and designed to scare us and/or make us feel alienated and powerless.
While uploading some old photos last night I realised how many of my belongings – clothes, dvds, books – I’ve left at people’s houses over the years. I quite like the thought of these pieces of me being out there. Even if they’ve long been dumped into a landfill by now. A very real execution of the idea that we leave a little bit of ourselves in every person we have any kind of significant relationship with.