right-wing campaigns are overwhelmingly likely to use the tactics of junk email scams.....
...because they know they work with their voter base?
So here's an interesting story:
A strong correlation between the sort of people who fall for junk e-mail scams, and hard-right voters. Who'da guessed?
Is there a "Bat-shit crazy, whack-bar things Donald Trump is likely to say before election day" bingo card on the internet yet ?
I'm not entirely sure you could put anything on it that he hasn't already saidor done, unless you want to add a 'literally starts masturbating on stage' square. I mean, he's already said the election is rigged, and more-or-less called for armed insurrection. Where do you go from there? Eat a baby?
I personally find it really troubling that I can't bend my mind far enough to begin to understand how some people view the world.
Edit: individuals and outliers don't really bother me, but millions of people.....It's the kind of train of thought that if you ride it too far ends at 'am I the crazy one?' station.
A Facebook friend has other FB friends who are conservative Americans....an imaginary narrative that millions of people now live within
It's a trip through the rabbit hole alright. I've seen one or two since the last debate where the response to Trump's 'she'd be in jail' bluster was all along the lines of 'hahaha, zing! Got her good! Never get tired of watching this!', etc.
I personally find it really troubling that I can't bend my mind far enough to begin to understand how some people view the world. The mental effort that goes into ignoring anything, no matter how glaringly obvious, that runs counter to a certain pre-set internal narrative, and inflating anything that might conceivably support that narrative miles beyond it's actual worth, is really scary.
I've certainly heard worse.
There's a world of difference between an unrestrained 'I'd like to...', and 'Hey, this is what I actually do, because I can...'
Folks are right, this is how a lot of men brag to each other in private.
I have been a man amongst men for several decades, and I've heard my fair share of locker room blue talk. Trump's comments are several thousand kilometers over 'the line'.
I do have to wonder if we overthink that.
PS if you happen to be looking for some reading matter on this, I recommend Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Blood Rites'. A pretty decent overview of why we might still be fascinated by all this stuff.
It's been this way since forever, though. I mean superheros pretty much ALL spend most of their time either bashing or getting bashed. Violence is not an offshoot, it's basically their whole purpose. Very often the whole purpose of their secret identity is just so they can get away with it.
I do have to wonder if we overthink that. How closely correlated is the consumption of violent depiction with actual violence? The two would seem to be trending in opposite directions for like a hundred years. Probably the best you could say is that the exact form of the violence in depictions is often imitated.
I spend far too much time thinking about this....
But what I was specifically driving at was the difference between the 'A-Team' style violence of the cartoons of my childhood (hundreds of bullets flying around, explosions everywhere, cars flying through the air and crashing onto their roofs, yet every single time the bad guys get up shaking their heads groggily and mumbling 'I woulda got away with it too, if it hadn't been for you pesky meddling ex-special forces escaped convicts!'), and this, where Wonder Woman straight up slaughters a bunch of kids.
Conde Nast would have pink-slipped Carter years ago (and shut the magazine down) if there wasn’t a market niche for people who want high society sleaze, celebrity puff pieces and grotesque crime but wouldn’t be caught dead buying a gossip rag in a convenience store. And yes, dear reader, I’m one of them.
So you only read it for the articles...?