Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Our Disposable Culture, And Other Strengths Of A Shared Semiotics

Posted in Election 2012 by Huckleberry on October 10, 2012

* This post was composed using my phone, so please excuse any formatting issues.

About one calendar month separates us from a matter of utmost importance, one that portends the chance for horrific doom or ultimate salvation. Shit’s at stake, and it’s about to get real.
I, of course, refer to the earlier time change, where we “fall back” with the clocks (pun-tastic!) in what can only be explained as yet another salvo in society’s unyielding, unending, unconscionable jihad against my circadian rhythms, making sure my system cannot ever achieve a moment’s worth of peace.
Oh, and there’s an election that is of little importance, with stakes that are frighteningly inconsequential.
And no, I am not being facetious.
If you approach the outcome of the Presidential election with any more
seriousness than you would with your favorite football team’s next game, you are a clown, and not the happy-fun kind. Of course, one way to know that football is superior to politics is that, when the Chargers and the Raiders take the field, you don’t have a section of fans in the Mezzanine huffing and puffing about how they both suck,
and everyone in attendance should actually be rooting for the Rams instead.
So, there’s that.
Speaking of football, I am now more convinced than ever that the whole
damn thing is rigged. Not for money, not for gambling, but for hype.
I’m willing to bet that NBC and ESPN have buried in their contracts with the NFL clauses that allow each broadcaster to control key
moments in the flow of the games each broadcasts to maximize hype and dictate the next-day headlines of the game. Again, this kind of things happens in politics, why not football? Both football and the national
political scene are indistinguishable from the WWE, except that the WWE is at least honest about what it is, thereby giving its fans a better show and not insulting them with the lie of fair play or having a say in the outcome.
On the old blog, I had a post questioning the timing of Bo
Schembechler’s death right before the huge Ohio State/Michigan game where both teams were undefeated for the first time in a long time.
Schembechler, in fact, died on an ESPN set, taping a segment about the
upcoming game. For weeks, ESPN had already covered every possible element of the game to death. It needed another angle. Something slipped in his coffee, maybe, and voila! SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT! Now, this weekend, sorry San Diego, you’re not winning this on Brees’ big night. Four phantom penalties in a row on the final drive will take care of that. Sorry gamblers, the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets, are going to cover on really bad holding calls because ESPN needs another reason
to talk about TEBOW.
It’s all a fucking joke.
But I digress.
One of the more interesting things that have occurred during this economic downturn is that person-on-person crime continues to fall in the face of rising economic misery. Sure, plenty of shit is getting stolen, but it’s not the shit that used to get stolen. It’s not stereos, TVs, or other “high-end” items. Its base metals like found copper wire, metal enclosures, cast-off cast iron and the like.
Because we now live in a completely disposable culture, nothing we have is made to last beyond a year or two. Why risk a felony conviction to steal a cheap stereo that won’t last a year and has
little resale value? Remember the 80s when all aftermarket stereos were either pullouts or had the detachable faceplates?
Not really an issue.
The supposedly higher standard of living we enjoy is fueled by cheap materials and shoddy craftsmanship. Yeah, it’s great that I can get a new flat-screen TV for a $250, but if it pops out in a couple of years, what’s the point? I can by a t-shirt for $10, but it won’t last
one wash cycle intact, and it doesn’t even feel like a shirt when I wear it, because it’s so goddamn thin. I’d pay $20 just to have a regular t-shirt again, but I can’t fucking find one any goddamn more.
Yes, it’s awesome that Wal-Mart does its thing, and I don’t mean to denigrate that at all. But to illustrate my point, I still have shirts I bought 10 years ago, and wear them regularly. Most of the shirts I bought last year have just about completely disintegrated, and I’ve already thrown them away.
When we value disposability, we value nothing.


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  1. El Borak said, on October 10, 2012 at 12:59

    So long as the Vikings keep winning, who cares?

  2. Doom said, on October 10, 2012 at 15:39


    Mostly. Gawd but a good chuckle I did have… Maybe I should start calling you Charley Brown, if a more aware one. You no longer try to kick the ball! *grins* Me either.

  3. kfc said, on October 14, 2012 at 11:08

    And WHY, she asks again indignantly, haven’t you started a Twitter account? Ok this one’s about 33% too long, but come on… “If you approach the outcome of the Presidential election with any more
    seriousness than you would with your favorite football team’s next game, you are a clown, and not the happy-fun kind.”

    Also, thought to post this to your wall or something recently: “Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.” 
― Eugene J. McCarthy (No offense to football, but don’t care about Politics’ feelings at all.)

    • Huckleberry said, on October 15, 2012 at 19:39

      I have one. Twitter just may not be my bag. I try, but it’s like being the guy who shows up to a Toga orgy a couple hours late, stone sober, with erectile dysfunction and the Viagra instructions written in some kind of incomprehensible flibbertyjibbit.

      • kfc said, on October 17, 2012 at 08:19

        that’s a bunch of poppycock.

      • Huckleberry said, on October 17, 2012 at 12:33


        That’s what I said, “orgy.”

  4. kfc said, on October 14, 2012 at 11:10

    Also, tell the truth, did you do any time in Semiotics or Critical Theory classes, or just autodidactic endeavors?
    I suffered through two courses at Brown.

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