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  • ddt 05.25 on January 25, 2017  

    Day … Fuck Your Echo Chamber

    If you thought Ddong Today was going to give you a day-by-day commentary on the Trump administration, then you were wrong. Day-by-days are a joke, a way to affix a false sense of chronology to a period of time to remember it better or more neatly. MSM does day-by-days and then they  stop because that stops selling content and when that happens it gets a lot harder to sell advertising. We will see “week 1” or “the first week” commentaries soon enough and later, “first month”, then “the first 100 days”, and finally, “the first year”. Recap, summarize, distill to the sound byte, and sell—that is our system. 

    There’s too much going on to keep shoehorning into day-by-day posts. Already this browser is bloody with pinned tabs, so much to say and so little time and space and time to say it in. So many issues, the obvious things, the executive orders, the reactions from the right and the left, the schisms, and the unobvious things. 

    We are four days into President Trump’s vision of America. It is not great again, and in many ways, America looks the same as it did last week. But the mood is different—very different. We are four days in and already folks are worn out. How can we tell? Simple: there is no protesting and the meming is way up. 

    (from the left on the left)

    Yes, Spicer and Conway sound like they are talking straight from 1984 .

    Yes, that is disturbing, but how many of President Trump’s cabinet have seen a 1984 movie or read the book? If they had read the book or even seen the movie, their spin doctors would take greater care in how their message is being crafted. They may think their words are smart and original, but without the background knowledge of how things change into absolute authoritarianism, e.g. from news to newsspeak, their self-preception of how they choose to speak seems efficient to them, rather that completely scary to the folks who have read the book; necessary to them rather than dangerous to the folks who have read the book. In this case, attaching their words to those of George Orwell then, means nothing. This meme will travel the leftie echo chamber and everyone will go, “See! These people are insane and power-hungry. They want control. We have to stop Trump.” 

    (from the right on the right)

    Yes, we live in America (or abroad with our American passports). Yes, that is our flag. Yes, that is the president. And, yes, that is how it works.

    Yes, maybe folks should sit down and accept what has come to be … only that isn’t how we all grew up. The American way is to stand up for yourself, for what you believe in. Hollywood movies and hundreds of tv shows repeat these themes throughout our childhoods, teens, and adulthood. We don’t just accept something because someone said so. This sounds great if you’re into this administration. These are all the facts needed to layout why protesting is wrong. No sane American can deny the truth in this meme. It is real. It is life. It is now. (And it isn’t a loose comparison to a book Joe Blow read in middle school). This meme has folks in the righie echo chamber going, “That’s right. You don’t like it? Leave.”

    #ddongtoday #dronesmotherfucker #smashtheechochamber


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  • ddt 07.34 on January 23, 2017  

    Day 2 – Lies, Damned Lies, and Alternate Sets of Facts

    President Trump visits CIA headquarters to tell spies how awesome they are and how much he loves them. Pretty epic given the constant disses of the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Sean Spicer (above), edgy, nervous, and clearly pissed chastises the press for false reporting “at a time when our nation and the world was watching the peaceful transition of power[1] (emphasis ddt). Much has been made of “the peaceful transition of power” this year and President Trump’s infamous refusal to promise it, made everyone press it even more, certain that he would loose and his supporters would make trouble. But President Trump didn’t loose and “the peaceful transition of power” is evermore a phrase to hold over people.

    We’re going to see this a lot, as folks object to things, to actions or inactions, and happenstances. There’s a dangerous parallel that some will draw between speaking out against a governmental policy and advocating open rebellion. It’s clear that, as Americans, all of us do in fact support the peaceful transition of power, otherwise this fiasco would either have already ended or we would be watching block-by-block gun battles on BBC and Al Jazeera.

    Back to the press core …

    Spicer insists as his boss insists, that the 2017 inauguration was attended by more people than any other inauguration in history—this has been refuted by every source except the White House and the alt-rite press, some focusing on the MLK angle more and the end bit (not transcribed yesterday):

    “There’s been a lot of talk in the media about holding President Trump accountable. Well, I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well. The American people deserve better,” Spicer said. “And as long as he serves as the messenger of this incredible movement, he will take this message directly to the American people where his focus will always be.”

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    Mildly threatening (“We’re going to hold the press accountable”), partially coded (“this incredible movement”)—this is the stuff of dystopian films and television. This on top of other language also mildly threatening and also sometimes coded, e.g. “Make America Great Again”—the interpretations are endless. This language could mean nothing … or it could mean whichever extremist paranoia fits one’s socio-politcal strata. Few folks find these phrases comforting or reassuring.

    Some sites, like this one,  aren’t even “the press”, yet are participating in the fake news as the administration is calling inauguration day attendance numbers. There are few ways to hold everyone accountable for one set of truth where everything else is a lie. There is no peaceful transition of power involved in any of those ways. This is why Spicer’s words are mildly threatening (if not outrightly so).

    A peaceful transition of power is less a positive, naturally occuring process of a country each time those in government or just out of that government repeat the phrase.


    The internetz are brutal about facts, in some circles. If you say it, it’d better be true, because if it isn’t, there are four or five folks who seem like they’ve been sitting around all day just waiting to tell you how wrong you are. We all seem used to that, but the new administration is from that other part of the internetz, the famous alt-rite echo chamber. When the internetz started to hammer on Spicer’s words, we learned that he was giving “an alternative set of facts.”

    This is nothing new. This is one of those science-isn’t-real-god-is type of utterances. Some schools now teach intelligent design alongside natural selection because it is ‘an alternative set of facts’. Kellyanne Conway, is pulling from another alt-rite language point and clearly, Chuck Todd has never actually had to deal with a science denier and gets owned by the illogic. It’s funny to watch if you’ve had to deal with illogic or a science-denier. When Popular Science killed off its comments section in 2013 in part because of illogic and attacks on science itself, everyone should have sat up and taken note that idiocracy was actually a “thing”.

    Intelligent design and natural selection are theories, not facts. The number of people at the 2017 inauguration, is currently also a theory and will remain so until there are independent counts completed and those rely on aerial photography and a lot more analysis than there has been time for in this nascent presidency.

    The real problem is that millions of people are caught up in this idiocy. Not one American should be giving a shit how many people showed up to President Trump’s inauguration. It’s just not important. The lying, is a little bit important … but not really. That President Trump is a liar is not news. That his staff would lie for him or to boost his image is not news. None of this is news.

    The real news is on the sidelines. You have to watch for it.

    The real news is stuff like this bill, which would never have a chance of passing, has a chance now, under the new administration and Congress. This bill … it’s like that time when Popular Science turned off its comment section. Sit up and take note.

    #smashtheechochamber #dronesmotherfucker #ddongtoday


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