PaulFest, Johnson 2012, L4RP and "Creeping Meatballism"Submitted by Danton on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 13:18
So I'm his guy, see...and I read the Daily Paul everyday for the "alternative-non-commercial-perspective" it embodies.
There have been many topics in great debate here, but it seems that the three most memorable, and long-running are these:
Lawyers for Ron Paul
Gary Johnson 2012
They all employ a public-relations related necessity, and I think I am aware of where it comes from....how this came to be...and finally:
WHERE IT ALL LEADS TO.
For the answers, we must travel back in time to 1956, early talk radio, and an article in the NY VILLAGE VOICE by an up-and-coming alternative, yet somewhat mainstream-appeal personality:
"Many years ago Jean Shepherd, the late, great American humorist, writer, and above all, radio talk show personality, coined the phrase "creeping meatball-ism" to describe the general direction of our great society. And here we have more proof that Jean was, as usual, right on. Oh well. As Jean would say, "Excelsior!" Onward and upward. And watch your step, meatballs".*
VILLAGE VOICE ARTICLE;1956:
" Take the Charlies of today, for instance. All of us. We fumble. Hope for the best. Figure it will all turn out OK in the end. But fear that it damn well won't. The sale of "How-To-Live"-type books is good evidence that a lot of people are looking for some kind of blueprint. What an opportunity for some guy with a plausible-sounding rating system that can be applied to the life of every Charlie everywhere!" (Village Voice 1956)
"Shep" as he was affectionately referred to by his fans,had great appeal across the masses.
Many were college and high school "kids", and also those who were older,including teachers, parents, fellow workers, and almost endless array of the American citizenry.
Shep also discovered , quite by accident, who to survive in the "ratings game" although he made a mockery of the NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST with his "supposedly-written" novel: "I LIBERTINE".
I LIBERTINE managed to scam the PTB ino believing that a non-existent novel was now the rage of literary reknown.
It was "perpetrated by Shep and his "audience...was much ballyhooed by TV personalities, Literary Pundits, all while being a "manufactured-nonexistent" tool used against a supposedly sophisticated class of authority figures...TPTB.
From Shep's Article:
" Conflict is a necessary element in every good theatrical effort, so let's have some, boys"....
" Let's have some Conflict, boys, but make it harmless--because we're really playing for laughs, not fist-fights here..."
Seems to be a helluva lot of "conflict" lately.
QUESTION: How much of it is "generated"?
Thanks in advance for your answers...will this be a roller-coaster?
...Stay tuned...meanwhile: FLICK LIVES! (Google that!)
And don't forget to LAUGH!