I happened to be in the States for a few days, and I came home just in time for the explosion over AIG.
Yesterday some of you might have seen my diary quitting the blogsphere…of course I reconsidered, but in that diary I said that the blogsphere has become completely detached from reality…like the MSM has been.
Both of them are pushing the story of massive public outrage…but quite honestly, I don’t see it and in the last two days, I haven’t seen it.
Today I went shopping with my brother, had lunch with one of my best friends and had dinner with mom and dad…everyone wants a piece of my time while I’m back in the States.
In the past days, I have not heard anyone mention the AIG bonuses. In conversation, only I ever brought it up. My mother express her dissappointment and then changed the subject to my uncle’s divorce. My brother celebrated Obama’s insistance that the money be returned and then told me about his job search. My best friend asked me “What is AIG? Isn’t that one of those banks that we bailed out?”
The media and some of the netroots would like you to think the American people are beside themselves with outrage. They are so angry, they want to throw every rich person in jail and tax every cent of their earnings. They are so angry, Barack Obama better watch out! They’re so mad, they’re…doing what they always do?
That’s right, they’re so angry, they’re sitting in restaurants eating Caesar’s Salad talking about Natasha Richardson, they’re so outraged, they’re playing beer pong at McSorley’s pub tonight. They’re so flippin’ angry, they’re picking up the Daily News with a four page spread about the AIG bonuses and reading about it…oh, wait, they’re reading about why Lindsay Lohan’s arrest warrant was rescinded.
Perhaps I’m outraged at the outraged…or I’m just all outraged out. Al Giordano seems to read my mind on the netroots;
Nope, this is no more than the daily poutrage given an extra echo chamber by the very same corporate media that also overpays its executives while underpaying everyone else. Next week they’ll all be expressing their “outrage” about something else, and assigning it to the rest of us that simply aren’t shocked nor surprised nor blaming those that didn’t cause it – and are in fact acting to do something about it – for a bad situation that has been decades in the making.
For the rest of us, life and organizing go on. And we’ll look back at all this talk about our supposed “outrage” just as we have throughout the past year at the other manifestations of Chicken Littledom and faux-progressivism: just another tantrum by the usual suspects that got a day or two of news cycle from the corporate media led, itself, by greedy and overpaid executives.
Now, what was it that we are supposed to be outraged about today?
This sort of brings to mind a situation that happened to me a month ago in Greece. One night in Mykonos, I called my mom to check in and we talked for a while. She asked me if I could believe the woman who had eight kids after she already had six. I had no clue what she was talking about, and I had been watching both the Greek news and CNN International all week. My mom was surprised to hear “Octomom” as she called her didn’t make the news in Greece because “it’s on the news all the time”
My brother brought it up today when I spoke about the outrage. “Yes” he said, “This is what it was like when that story (Octomom) broke. 24/7 news coverage on how everyone is outraged.”
And the draconian populism explodes. Just like my mother arguing Ms. Octomom should have her ovaries ripped out, the media and the netroots are clapping their hands behild draconian, probably unconstitutional taxes to reclaim the bonuses.
I guess bonuses are the new Octomom.