Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Boris just wants your eyeballs

"Campaign to leave the EU accuses Boris Johnson of not being fully committed to Brexit"

"5 Ways Donald Trump Perfectly Mirrors Hitler's Rise"

Headlines like this leave me feeling that some people haven't quite got their heads round the modern anti-politics politician. The category error here is assuming that there's some kind of coherent ideology, or programme, behind the sound-bites, instead of recognising that the sticky sound-bite is all there is. Whether your style is coming over like  Bertie Wooster or Hitler doesn't really matter to the anti-politician, so long as the performance grabs an audience.

People might be disillusioned with old-style politicians who actually believed some of the stuff that came out of their mouths, but at least some of them had something resembling a plan (even if they weren't always able to deliver).

Vote for an anti-politician and what you see is what you get - clickbait in human form.

As the character Walter Sobchak said in The Big Lebowski
Nihilists! ..F**k me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.