08.25.14

Loud Folk Live for Monday

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll, The Corporate Bund, WhiteManistan at 1:02 pm by George Smith

The Seeker, by the Dick Destiny Band, performed live in scenic downtown Pasadena, a block from Rte. 66, where you got get your kicks. Two old men and a big jangle in an old song by the Who.

In case you haven’t been following the narrative, or just dropped in, this is what I do with my life. Once you’ve been cut off from the US economy, you have nothing left to do and no one to do it with if they haven’t had the same pleasure.

So might as well do what you can, in this case twice a week, in the corporate Bund. It’s then your prerogative to regularly show how you’ve been judged/rendered/whatever not useful to even very small numbers of people.


And since this is about the Culture of Lickspittle, from the Sunday New York Times, on how it’s now allegedly uncool to promote yourself on-line. (Or shit that obsesses upper middle class white explainers who had no presence in cyberspace before the Facebook and Twitter scripting platforms were invented for them.)

It annoys people:

[Much] self-promotion on social media seems less about utility and effective advertising and more about ego sustenance. One of the earliest psychological studies of narcissism and Facebook, a 2008 paper by Laura E. Buffardi and W. Keith Campbell, a psychology professor at the University of Georgia, found that “narcissistic personality scores were related to … the quantity of information listed about self, self-promoting pictures, and provocative pictures.”

In other words, those who are narcissistic offline also narcissistically overshare online, a conclusion few would dispute …

But, Professor Campbell conceded, online narcissism is a logical outgrowth of DIY capitalism …

Rampant self-flackery, however, comes at a cost. While narcissism is generally “really good at the initial stage of relationship — for being hired or getting promoted, for getting a boyfriend or girlfriend — it damages you over time,” Professor Campbell said. In addition, the more one self-promotes, the more “you’ll become a polarizing figure” …

Self-flackery. Quaintly insulting coinage by someone named Teddy Wayne, just manufactured for publication in the Times.

Many might also think flacking is the oxygen bound to the hemoglobin in the Culture of Lickspittle’s very blood.

And how can it be DIY capitalism when there’s been no money for anything in the last year or more? How can it be DIY capitalism when the agencies that have enabled the trivial posting of your stuff are the only bodies making money from the sale of masses of “yous” and our digital trailings?

I am so dense when it comes to these matters and beg forgiveness.

Being polarizing, it is reasoned, is bad in the Culture of Lickspittle. You need a license for it.

I’ll explain. For free.

Polarizing works for Ted Nugent. It works for agencies and corporations too. The Ferguson police presence could be said to have been polarizing.

Cable companies are polarizing. Everyone hates them. Corporate America is polarizing.

This is how Lickspittle works.

If you don’t use Twitter and have maybe only 30 or so “friends,” of which two are actual flesh and blood people you’ve met, and you post — say — your unemployment tunes, you’re polarizing.

In fact, if you post anything on the net, this includes blogging, if it doesn’t make money or have a large audience, you mutate into polarization. Because you’re engaged in self-flackery.

If you send your song in an e-mail link to a handful of others, if it annoys even one, it is spam.

But if people receive advertisements from the popular, political agencies and big companies, it is getting newsletters and information about stuff you ought to buy. In the Culture of Lickspittle.

2 Comments

  1. Charles E. Witteck, III said,

    September 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I hope the US economy will not be deprived of your energies for much longer.

    How will you be able to afford anything, after all, The New York Times
    advertises? (Realty? Travel? Books? )

    The Times has a long, if somewhat sordid, history of memorable phrases.
    Fidel Castro, communist dictator no, “agrarian reformer”, Middle East terrorism nay, “suicide bombers”, and of most recent coinage, in wake of the guilty-before-trial mediastream events in Ferguson, MO : “police killing’.

  2. George Smith said,

    September 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Thank you. Agrarian reformer made me laugh.

    I can get past the NY Times paywall, so I’m OK there. So can a lot of people, though. Occasionally someone buys me a book.