Hot Air: Our Mad, Mad World

Mogul Mania

Renaldo Migaldi describes Oprah Winfrey:

The TV mogul who inflicted charlatans like Deepak Chopra, Drs. Oz and Phil, Jenny McCarthy, and Paulo Coelho on our public consciousness.

‘Nuff said?

S Marks The Spot

Have you been contacted by the Sbs Bloomington people yet? I have; they want me to be their friend. They call themselves “an all-inclusive multi-faceted leftist media organization.” Apparently, they’re starting up some kind of…, well, I don’t know what. All I can find when I google sbs bloomington is some online game developer in Estonia called Storm Bringer Studios. The site claims it has generated some 4,000,000 downloads for one of its games. That’s about the only info I can find on the site — all its subpages are blank

I’d like to reserve judgement on them since the only other thing I know about them is what their logo looks like:

But, really, that’s plenty. A “media organization” — whatever that means — that proudly displays a logo that looks like a pleasantly-hued update of the notorious Schutzstaffel insignia…

… ain’t that media savvy.

President OW

Hail to the next Chief?

Back to Oprah. In the wake of the mini-tornado that arose following her rousing speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, a gang o’folks are calling for her to be this holy land’s next president and another gang are saying, What? Another celebrity prez? I’ll be damned!

That pushback sentiment is based on the argument that our nation “should have learned” about the risks and horrors of electing a big name with no other qualifications to the highest office in the land.

We haven’t learned. Americans are notorious non-learners. Learning, to a huge swath of the populace, is a sign of weakness. Don’t tell me. I know! should be this country’s motto.

Anyway, I’ve long thought celebrities would be the presidents of the future. For many years, I predicted some to-be president would be a Hollywood actor, a rock star, or some big-name pro athlete. How many votes do you think Bruce Springsteen might get if he decided to run? How about Meryll Streep or Tom Hanks or Tom Brady? Hell, Bill Belichick would give the field a strong run for its money.

We are, as Chris Hedges has described us, an empire of illusion. We love — no, we crave — spectacle. Image is everything. Feelings are paramount. Opinion is superior to knowledge.

We’ve got no time for deep personal investigation into the minds and hearts of our candidates. President Gag won the last presidential election (on a technicality, but still…) largely because “he spoke his mind.”

Or what little of it he retains.

No. Oprah’s got a great chance to become the President of the United States. Probably a better chance than half to three-quarters of the “qualified” wannabes who are, as we speak, amassing war chests and putting together organizations.

Of course, should she win and take the oath as the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s greatest superpower, it’ll be a step down from her current position: Queen of All Media.

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