wordplay: (Screaming Karen)
I am still having a cranky day and was reading about NBC announcements and wallowing about in my crankiness and then I wanted to make, like, a t-shirt:

"WHY I AM A DIRTY SOCIALIST"

(1) Healthcare for everyone!
(2) Because capitalism brought me five nights a week of Jay Leno in primetime. How is that not evil?

and then I got stuck b/c I was still all RAGE and FRUSTRATION about advertising-based media and couldn't move past it, and then I somehow got to thinking about how there should be a far-left Jeff Foxworthy-type to do "If you believe that human beings are more than the sum of their consumer practices... You might be a socialist!" type jokes.

And then, THEN I googled that, because this couldn't be an original idea - there's too much scary OMG SOCIALISM!!! talk out there these days, but interestingly, most of what I found was from those on the right. Which is interesting for two reasons (1) why why why are leftists in America so spineless about reclaiming this word; and (2) the whole Foxworthy redneck shtick was about the affectionate facepalm, the yeah-that's-us-but-thank-god-we're-not-that-bad thing. It was explicitly about inclusion, rather than exclusion. Fascinating that the frame is being used to exclude now.

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Also, I'm exclusively posting on DW for now, but crossposting all entries. I expect to continue to read from both for now, and will let you know if my practices change. Also, I still have a healthy handful of dreamwidth invites going unused; let me know if you want one!

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