Our world, the world of the young today, I’ve come to understand, is made entirely of grief. There is nothing else in it whatsoever, once you really understand it. Everything, everything is grief. The norms and values of cynical, ironic failure. The way we cling to each other but are afraid to really touch. The distance we keep from another, even as we laugh and weep. The way nothing of money or accomplishment means much to us at all. The way our emotions are always threatening to burst like cyclones out of us. The way that we can effortlessly speak without meaning a thing. How we go crazy the moment the only thing we really have — tools to vent away that grief — is taken away. How we prefer not to have to speak a word, because what we are really seeking is relief, and that is the most happiness we know. These are all the behaviours and thoughts and emotions of people deep, deep in grief.
…ent to drive Saddam’s forces out of Kuwait. Neither did he mean there were no deaths or explosions. But what Baudrillard was saying to Western observers of the war, who saw nothing from the other side, was that the war was mostly experienced as a media event.
French thinker Jean Baudrillard perhaps theorized this best, famously saying in the 1990s that the first U.S. invasion of Iraq in 1991 didn’t actually happen. He didn’t mean that there was no mobilization of forces and military equipment to drive Saddam’s fo…
…en Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, summed it up in a tweet: “News that NK is expanding nuclear capacity is irrelevant to #trump. In his mind, the episode with Kim has aired and is over and now it’s time to move on to the episode featuring guest star Vladimir Putin. It’s not statecraft; it’s showbiz.”
If these words were not fully comprehensible in 1985, they are now. Donald Trump was a product of television who ran a campaign largely based on free airtime, got elected in the most televised society in the world, and now conducts politics through television — and televised tweets.