20160808 — In 2016, it’s getting harder to understand “escapism” and why so much of culture turns to things like Game of Thrones for entertainment (see: soothing and pacification), when the world feels like it’s continuously eclipsing yesterday’s peak of unbelievable reality.
While I don’t understand the escapist impulse — cosplay? Really? (Why play a fake superhero when you could spend your time trying to become a real superhero?) I have been taken-in by a few examples of fiction that purported to be real.
Benjamen Walker’s “Theory of Everything” has a recurring guest who blends fiction with the undeniably real. It’s so good that I was once completely fooled — by a story in which the guest recounted an interaction with Mark Zuckerberg and his Zuckerberg bobble-head doll.
This week, ToE’s “Chris” made another appearance, linking the very real August, 2016 situation of ISIS & the threat of a Trump presidency, with the fantasy of Dubuque as an Al-Qaeda stronghold.
It’s an incredulous yarn, as ridiculous and unbelievable as it sounds, but relayed in such an easy-breezy way, you can’t help but think you’re listening to something true.
I’ve been blabbering about this consistently, apparently! Quoting myself because I don’t have to ask permission:
Truth (or the appearance of this nebulous, collectively-agreed-upon thing that’s usually called “truth”) exerts a kind of gravity that draws us in, makes us want to do to the extra work to know more and care.
“I LOVE FLIPPING BETWEEN DATE-DESCENDING AND DATE-ASCENDING,” SAID ME AND NO ONE ELSE EVER.