Daily Insults Work
by linfar, Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 11:37:22 AM EST
I am down. This is a downer diary. I am also so far over the hill I won't even tell you how old I am. But based on that you can bet I know this blogosphere is not my world.
But stupidly, I guess, inspired by Hillary and with time on my hands while taking care of an 88-year-old Mom with alzheimers--smack dab in the middle of a right-wing militia neighborhood in southern california-- I decided to Blog!
Woohoo for me.
I began by finding the democratic blogs. And dailykos seemed like the Big Daddy. That last word is the right one. Sexism is alive and well in the blogosphere. It ain't that women don't blog there, they do, but they don't count. Don't tell me how I know this. I just did after my first week.
I also realized in that same period of time that supporting Hillary was not were it was 'at.' Ok, good, I thought. These folks will listen to reason and well thought out arguments. They will respond to a careful vetting of their 'guy.' This is great. I can do some good for Hillary here. hahahahahahahahahahaDeepBreathhahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha
First off I insulted a famous and very popular Hillary blogger who still has not forgiven me. Second off, another Hillary blogger became upset over a diary which evolved out of watching my Mom. This diary joked about exactly who our millions of alzheimers folks might vote for. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny topped the list! I was told I was insulting alzheimers people.
And things went downhill from there. Every diary was accused of racism in one way or another. Nobody listened to Anything. It was like a huge free-for-all on the Indiannapolis speedway where speed of comment was valued about all else. And God help the newcomer. Nobody took the time to explain Anything. Troll rating--I didn't even know what it was. Hyper links duh!
But I was not deterred. I like to write. I like the challenge of getting the thought out in a way that makes sense to someone else. I like communicating. And I liked the idea that I could put this vocation to some use helping Hillary. [see laugh line above, I'm too exhausted to reinsert it]
I am now convinced that nobody actually cares about facts, reasons, arguments or the truth. They are completely beside the point. And the point you ask? The point is to score. To make fun of, to humiliate, to inundate and to pontificate. But not debate. Do not rebut an argument with facts of your own. Do not admit if your opponent scores a point. Do not ever, ever concede Anything.
And so in the blogosphere, the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination is a game that nobody wins. We aren't helping elect the most qualified person. We don't care who will run the country the best. We do not understand that the next President will either bring us back from the brink of a coup from the Right or we go over into the Abyss.
We also mostly do not talk about the amazing aspect: The Woman and The Black Man. We do not care. All we seem to care about is scoring a hit on the board. Me too. I got into it. Get that diary up. Get it recced. Go on to the next one. Respond to comments.
And who the hell cares? Huh? We are talking to ourselves. Nobody else is listening and we aren't persuading each other of anything.
Oh, maybe a few Edwards supporters decided which other candidate to support or not. And the Dodd, Biden,Richardson people did the same. But somehow that bleak hole I find myself in right now isn't impressed.
The bleak hole says this. Stop with the diaries, dumbass. Get off the merry go ground. Go read a book. Hillary has been assassinated and there ain't no pulling back from it. She has been Gored and nobody cares. She has been trashed, maligned, ridiculed, insulted, called a Pimp and a Whore. Amazing when you think about it :) Whaddya know there is a smile in there.
But bottomline here is, I am exhausted. I don't have what it takes to fight it right now. And I don't think she can either. You get a pie thrown in your face over and over, and then its 2 pies over and over and then its 3 pies over and over and at some point you just give up. You can't breathe for all the pie crap covering you. It suffocates you. We have a rightwing media which is swinging its weight to determine the Democratic nominee. And except for the Hillary backers no one seems to care. We have a media that no longer helps the electorate make fair and impartial decisions. You cannot have a democracy without a fair and free media. THAT is why I started blogging. THAT is it, right there. Ok. There I said it. I thought the blogs were the antidote. I thought they were the people reclaiming their democracy. I thought there was fairness and honesty and integrity in the blogosphere. ROFL!
I don't feel any better. I also don't know if I will send this. Nobody will much care. It's not about the candidates. Its not the latest newsworthy headline. It's just one stupid ass blogger, and not a very good one, feeling crappy.
I just don't see how the guy can plagarize words and ideas the way he does and get away with it? I don't. The voting present strategy on womens rights--he invented it!! His saying he pushed the wrong lever on seveal votes--c'mon!! He has reversed himself on nearly every major issue. So, do I believe he will put pro-women's rights candidates on the Supreme Court? The truth is, I don't know. Will he really bring the troops home? I don't know. That is a seriously different issue than if he gave a speech against the war six years ago, isn't it?
I feel such despair. Maybe if it was a fair fight. But it's not. The game is rigged. And folks like the guy who presides over the slanted and often vicious dkos is right-on-board with it. And so is TPM! And so Is Huffpo!
We have our own slanted and lying world now...And the antidote to the mainstream media is as aweful as they are.
So today I am going to opt out. Watch the results. Probably cry.