79 long, dark nights for America: Network Decay

by awindram

Seventy-nine long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Crooked Hillary is flooding the airwaves with false and misleading ads – all paid for by her bosses on Wall Street. Media is protecting her!”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “There is so much more that unites us than divides us. That’s why we’re the greatest country on Earth.'”

Daily election article of interest: Donald Trump Is Going To Be Elected

Nothing particularly new in the Michael Rosenblum piece I am linking to today (see above), but I do like the idea that Trump’s run is somehow connected to the idea of network decay, that he is the end product of a similar drift at the heart of our political institutions. It’s become a cliche now to observe that Trump is our first reality TV candidate, but it is a cliche not without truth to it, like all successful reality stars, Trump is cognizant that isn’t about being polished or being seen as reasonable and balanced, it’s all about cynical drama and fake candor.

The polls may show that Donald Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, but don’t you believe those polls. When the AC Nielsen Company selects a new Nielsen family, they disregard the new family’s results for the first three months. The reason: when they feel they are being monitored, people lie about what they are watching. In the first three months, knowing they are being watched, they will tune into PBS. But over time they get tired of pretending. Then it is back to The Kardashians.


The same goes for people who are being asked by pollsters for whom they are voting. They will not say Donald Trump. It is too embarrassing. But the truth is, they like Trump. He is just like their favorite shows on TV.


Mindless entertainment.


Trump’s replacement of Paul Manafort with Breitbart’s Steve Bannon shows that Trump understands how Americans actually think. They think TV. They think ratings.

They think entertainment.


We are a TV based culture. We have been for some time now. The average American spends 5 hours a day, every day, watching TV. After sleep, it is our number one activity.