“Visual information, particularly the electronic flow of configurations, is too fast for critical examination.” Franco “Bifo” Berardi~ And: Phenomenology of the End
Yes, flows. There are so many narrative flows, all conspiring, working together to grab, and keep our attention engaged, so we can’t escape, even for a moment, to think for ourselves. This is by design and somewhat out of human control anymore. The informational flows subsumed by the digital domain dominates American, and I speculate, worldly culture.
Take, for instance, the imbecilic remarks from cable news flunkies speaking from under the corporate bubble of bosses, and sponsors, that determine what we’re fed in a managed way, so as to not even question if what they say is true or even makes sense. Where did Bernie come from? Why is he absurdly related to the fall of France to the Nazis in WW II? WTF? I don’t have cable but have heard that Chris Mathews has made a compete fool of himself and still makes more in a month than I ever made in two years. A bubble of sorts as these highly paid profits of merchandising could never understand why I get incensed at having to pay $42 for a life saving inhaler I need every month. That’s the co-pay, on Medicare, with all the economic breaks tossed in for my poor status.
Have any of these film-flam men and women of the airways ever had to live on Ramen noodles with free ketchup packets for added flavor and questionable nutrition? Or had to decide as to whether eat or get a medication they have to take daily? These are the bubbles to which I refer to. And there are millions of bubbles floating around in our culture. The narrative stream seeks to keep these bubbles all flowing along in a seamless flow of semiocapital’s demand. If these flows are disturbed things seem to ball up in a way to disrupt capital’s demand for our time and money.
Edit: I call this the introduction of chaos, that nasty element that can never be controlled, or at times even considered in a likely outcome of a planned event. Maybe like the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this summer.
Now we have something seriously affecting semiocapital’s flows. Yes, the coronavirus. It’s disturbing travel around the world. A big bubble that dominates many areas of capital capture as people cancel plans to go to destinations close and afar because of the scare that the virus may affect, or even infect them. Even today we’ve had an American succumb to the disease living close to the Canadian border. Trump want’s to close the borders. This is highly disruptive to semiocapital’s flows. Tourists stay home. Airline tickets are canceled, as are reservations at trendy resorts everywhere. The capital flow is halted. Businesses suffer along with the workers tending the trendy spots everywhere. Paychecks may suffer too as hours are cut to save overall costs. More bubbles disturbed, or maybe even burst, depending on how bad this nasty little virus gets.
Fashion — Yes Fashion
This has now become a major issue the world over. It also gives me something concrete to write about for a somewhat difficult concept. Another example: Wedding dresses. Yes fashion is taking a big hit. Seems many fancy wedding dresses are made in China and other far off places. The workers there are told to stay home. Dresses don’t get made. Weddings are cancelled, or postponed because the bride’s big day can’t be spoiled by lack of a beautiful dress on her special day. This is her bubble. But it relies on so many other bubbles to come off without a hitch. Prom dresses too are, threatened. This nasty virus is creating ripples felt downstream by many bubbles, some even popped as the stock market has taken a decided hit as of late. Another big group of semiocapital bubbles upended by one of the smallest items known. Wow! Who knew?
What about the Summer Olympics? Billions of capital on the line for that one. Lots and lots of perilous bubbles hang in the balance of modern medicine. If these games are affected expect even bigger bubbles to pop. We could end up with a bonafide recession. This is what happens when things that are flowing along get disrupted. Paradoxically this explains why it’s so hard to affect change to a system that’s somewhat outside human hands to control. Tinker with one area and many bubbles are rearranged as to where the flows are so interrupted as to inject chaos into the system. Enter Sanders.
Here’s the kicker. Bernie has offered hope to millions of Americans for the first time in their lives. Me too, by the way! He also poses a huge danger to the integration of semiocapital’s flows of commerce, finance, domestic, and foreign policy.(War policy really) I hope I’ve made the point well enough to show how hard is is to affect change to semiocapital’s systems of flows. The digitization of practically everything has placed us on a speeding bullet that’s hard to control. Bernie want’s to raise pay. This in itself shouldn’t cause too many big bubbles to burst all while filling many tiny bubble a little fuller thus enriching millions of lives.
Or how about more public school funding past the requisite 12 years? Again, this in itself shouldn’t be too hard. My state of New Mexico uses the lottery to fund grants for higher education. The new governor wants to increase the availability of higher education free of most costs. Now if my poor state can accomplish this why can’t the entire USA? Flows. Too many flows will be disrupted if this is to kick in all at once. Though it can be done in a relatively short time with some coordinated effort. Greed plays a part too. The misers that have enriched themselves with neo-liberalism’s healthy tax breaks don’t want to give them back. Fuck them.
My 1.2% raise in SS at the first of the year disappeared this month when I hit 66. So I got enough to buy a cheap burger. My mini-bubble was so short lasting I never even got that tasty burger. Tell this to a rich asshole the next time they complain about Bernie increasing taxes. I digress.
I just wanted to show why there’s such vehemence against Bernie. He threatens semiocapital’s flows. It can be done. It may take a little time but this is a monumentally huge system. It infects all our lives. I tried to show how such a minute thing as a nasty virus upsets the flows of all the bubbles suspended in semiocapital’s flows. Bernie is another virus to the status quo and flow. It will be a fight, but I believe a fight worth fighting for because if the C. virus is dealt with quickly enough as to not crash the economy Trump will be hard to beat. It’ll be worth it though, I believe. A fight worth fighting for, or, four more years of Trump. Fight against the powerful flows, for your bubble’s sake, of course. Peace, The Ol’ Hippy