Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Voting For Porn



My girlfriend woke up one night and because I’m a light sleeper I woke up, too. She sat up and began fumbling for the light switch so I took her hand and whispered, “What is it?” She whispered back, “I heard something.” And of course, I whispered back, “No, you didn’t.” But she was pretty adamant that she did and she wasn’t happy that I was more than willing to lie there while she turned on every light in the house to try to discover the source of the noise. The next day I explained it to her; if the dogs didn’t hear it and react to it, you didn’t hear it or you shouldn’t react to it. Trust the senses of the dogs in the dark before you trust your own. That’s their job.

I’ve known people, good, honest people, who would rather believe in alien interference than confess they may have misplaced an object. I know this is where I left it. You do not know any such thing, really. Memory is faulty, haven’t we learned that yet? We cannot trust the human brain to reconstruct the past for us and we know it, but each and every day the sun rises we stake our lives and our livelihoods to human memory.

I’ve already pointed out that hearing is not believing. There is nothing a good defense attorney likes more than for there to be three eye witnesses to a crime. On a good day they’ll be able to agree what month it is but after that things start to go downhill precipitously. Get just one of those people confused about the crime and you’ll get a jury wondering what in the hell just happened. Get all three chasing their tails in unison and you can get Charles Manson back on the streets before the blood congeals.


I was the foreman on a jury and I can tell you that people react differently to different forms of testimony. Two or three people on the jury flat didn’t care. That was scary. They wanted out. They wanted to go back home, go back to work, who cares, whatever you say, I’ll vote with the majority, I’m missing my shows. You have another group on the opposite end of the spectrum’ he’s guilty because he was charged with a heinous crime, and evidence be dammed hang him. There were about half the folk in that room willing to do that without looking at the photos. Then you had two or three more people who really wanted to get it right. It’s wasn’t much of a battle because of the DNA evidence and the photos of the crime, but I am here to tell you, as well as it worked to fit the verdict with the evidence in this case, I think a couple of people in a jury room who decides something is going to happen, and they know how to make it happen, it’s going to happen.

There were four of us in that room who were not going to let anyone go home until we got what we wanted; guilty on all counts. I dug in and there were two women who were equally adamant about it. A coalition formed and more joined it. We got what we wanted. If it makes you feel better we found out after court that the man had been released after serving twenty years for the same crime.


Now, let us turn our attention to the next course of group decision making and the influences therein. Reality, as far as elections are concerned, is governed not by the issues at hand nor the solutions to problems that might be had. What we’ve been fed is a steady stream of catch words and sounds bites. Another way to look at this is to take ten porn magazines and condense them all down to the top ten words that appear in the next. Without exception, I’m willing to bet these words appear, and reappear, in each storyline, without fail. They appear because they titillate they titillate because that is what we’ve been taught is erotic, and there isn’t any way to break the cycle because those who are reading it cannot get what they want from any other material.

 Elections have long since ceased to be about the issues or who is being elected but rather than have become about the elections themselves. Billions are spent getting people elected who will never make a fraction of that money in office. That should tell us everything we need to know. But the deeper issue here is that election has become porn for the political mind. We’re stimulated by the process because it works, not to elect and certainly not to solve, but to get people to react in a certain way to certain words and phrases.

The downside to this is we’re basically voting for the best run campaign regardless of who or what we get in office. Anyone who holds a national office is beholding to those holding the purse strings. We’ve made sure of this by buying into the idea that anyone not on the ballot, anyone not able to buy their way onto the ballot, is somehow tainted. As a nation, we decry the idea that we have to choose between the evil of two lessers but at the same time we are adamant about not letting anyone else be chosen.


The porn industry makes billions of dollars a year and they aren’t selling sex. They’re selling the idea of what sex is supposed to be like, sound like, look like, read like, and in the end, no pun intended, there are more than enough consumers who are willing to buy it because they cannot seem to find anything like it that exists in reality. The American electorate has fallen prey to a very similar marketing strategy with derived formulas that work in every single election without fail.

Remarkably, in both cases, someone is actually getting screwed.
Take Care,

Mike

1 comment:

  1. “I know this is where I left it. You do not know any such thing, really. Memory is faulty…”
    Nuh uh, God takes stuff I’m working with and just set down for a second. And he won't put it back until I go to get another one.

    Elections differ from porn/sex, in that we’re glad when it’s over.

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