To Hell with Hegemony by Drew Moore
"I saw positions soften and change when people were suddenly able to talk directly to one another rather than through journalists, politicians, or ideological mercenaries. I saw the primordial stirrings of a new kind of nation - The Digital Nation - and the formation of a new postpolitical philosophy... I came across questions, some tenuously posed: Are we living in the middle of a great revolution, or are we just members of another arrogant élite talking to ourselves?" – Joe Katz, 1997
American democracy was an outgrowth of the European Enlightenment, which grew from the printing press: If our dominant medium of popular discourse was once again based in reading and writing rather than watching and listening, the public would be able to evaluate content more heavily than its delivery. In many ways, television has carried us back toward the politics of tax collectors and kings, wherein the confidence with which a claim is uttered is more important than the factuality of what is said. Why did Kennedy win the Oval Office? Because he was cool. Why Dubya? Imagine drinking a beer with Al Gore. Why are we in Iraq? Because the odor of intellectual and factual weakness seldom permeates the membrane of the TV screen.
Abiding in the fact that American politics used to be so much better is anemic given the rate at which things are getting worse: I was excited about the 2008 Presidential election because I thought we had two candidates who were genuine thinkers and because modern times seem to demand real contemplation. Yet, though the former is probably true and the latter is undeniable, self-imposed systemic pressures gave us Joe the Plumber and four-more-years on loop. In light of present circumstances, have we still failed to realize that childish campaigns lead to irrational governance, or are we just waiting for a new frontier?
The American campaign and electoral processes are held entirely upon an...