the w.s. walcott election show

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As the Canadian election yawns into the back nine with an eye towards the clubhouse and the 19th hole…The new Robbie Robertson album, How to Become Clairvoyant may likely hold the key to the election result and the future of Canada since it seems to combine the necessary ingredient of storytelling and tarot.  How much does he know? The enhanced version of the CD will include a tarot deck, but it may only be available after the election. Robertson is engaging  in a different kind of storytelling. But are elections about stories or is about the management of information, its rationalization and commodification.

Guy Debord:This is the principle of commodity fetishism, the domination of society by "intangible as well as tangible things," which reaches its absolute fulfillment in the spectacle, where the tangible world is replaced by a selection of images which exist above it, and which simultaneously impose themselves as the tangible par excellence....The loss of quality so evident at all levels of spectacular language, from the objects it praises to the behavior it regulates, merely translates the fundamental traits of the real production which brushes reality aside: the commodity-form is through and through equal to itself, the category of the quantitative. The quantitative is what the commodity-form develops, and it can develop only within the quantitative. Read More:http://libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord-two

For after all, the age of information is antithetical to stories. The story is a bit out of place in modern culture.Its long, demanding and doesn’t lend itself to sound bites. The essence of storytelling- trading experiences-transcends the linear restraints of modern narrative which is a language of chronology.The fastest way from A to B.  Modern forces attack the center of a story’s power which is based in perpetual unvarying repetition: likely to be dismantled if left to the mercy of modern forces its rigid form cannot withstand. If the tarot is a reversion to ancient stories what else can help predict results; to peek into the ballot box:

Margaret Wente:Modern political strategy is crafted to trigger a chain of emotional reactions among voters and exaggerate the differences among the parties. Political campaigns are not about debating policy, but about affirming emotions. Yet even the most hardened strategists are rattled by some of the new evidence about how people decide. In one study conducted at Princeton University, people were shown black-and-white photographs of the faces of rival political candidates. After viewing each pair of photos for a mere half a second, they were asked which candidate looked more competent. In fact, the candidates they judged to be more competent had won their races two-thirds of the time. One split-second impression was more predictive of success than any other factor.

Variations of this research have been conducted around the world, with the same results. Even five-year-olds could pick winners. In other words, you can ignore all that expert post-debate analysis you endured this week. All you need to know is that after the English-language debate on Tuesday, Stephen Harper was judged most competent of all the leaders by 48 per cent of those polled. Michael Ignatieff should keep an eye out for another job at Harvard. Read More:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/are-your-politics-hard-wired/article1987512/


Margaret Wente:But our political inclinations have a great deal less to do with the rational part of our brains than we’d like to think. And there’s mounting evidence that they are to some extent biologically rooted deep in the subconscious part of our brains. “Neuroscience shows differences between conservatives and liberals,” says David Amodio, a social psychologist at New York University who investigates the neural underpinnings of political ideology. He argues that our ideological leanings are related to fundamental neurocognitive processes, which work differently in different people. His and other studies claim to show, for example, that conservatives are more unbending and more sensitive to threats than liberals, and that liberals are more flexible and responsive to new information. Read More:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/are-your-politics-hard-wired/article1987512/

The art of story-telling is dying out. With it also dies the human capability that is the essence of story-telling: trading experiences (Erfahrungen). The explanation for this is that experience itself is falling away….Experience, passing from mouth to mouth, is the source from which all story-tellers have created. This is illustrated by the folk-notion of a story-teller: he is either someone who has travelled far, or someone who has learned the history of his own country. In both cases, experience not readily available to all is passed on by means of the story-teller….Story-telling is dying out because wisdom, the epic side of truth, is dying out.( Walter Benjamin )

---LAHORE: Noted tarot card reader Begum Shagufta Anwar has predicted that the National Assembly formed after Monday’s elections would not last more than a year and new general elections would be sought in the first quarter of 2009. Shagufta Anwar’s earlier predictions – that President Pervez Musharraf would be re-elected in uniform, the elections scheduled for January would be postponed, Shaukat Aziz’s political career would end, and Benazir Bhutto’s life would be at extreme risk – turned out to be accurate.---Read More:http://watandost.blogspot.com/2008/02/predicting-election-redults-insightful.html image:http://corrinekenner.wordpress.com/category/tarot-readers/

Hence, the demise of the story is the rise of the novel which in most cases is a manufactured innocence and a representation of myth, archetype and identity in which the intelligent design of the story is assumed by a new set of details and vague propositions of what an approximation of the truth should look like. An aesthetic of appearances. Benjamin:  Where the story-teller takes his stories from lived experience, either his or that of others, to change it into experience for his listeners; there the novelist is the lonely individual, no longer able to speak exemplarily about his most important concerns, unable to give or receive counsel. In the midst of life’s fullness, and through the representation of this fullness, the novel gives evidence of the profound despair/perplexity  of the living.

Margaret Wente:Neuropolitics – or political physiology, or whatever you want to call it – is hot. Scientists are frantically wiring people up, peppering them with images and scanning their brains in efforts to figure out why they react the way they do, and political strategists are paying close attention. Let me weigh in here with a cautionary note. Brain science is in its infancy, and some o


ese inferential leaps are truly breathtaking. Perhaps it’s just coincidence that these studies (which, as the researchers themselves admit, are usually designed by liberals) wind up making liberals seem far smarter and more attractive than conservatives. Read More:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/are-your-politics-hard-wired/article1987512/ image:http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/04/15/photos-photographic-evidence-of-political-humanity/

Guy Debord, Societe du Spectacle: In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. …The images detached from every aspect of life fuse in a common stream in which the unity of this life can no longer be reestablished. Reality considered partially unfolds, in its own general unity, as a pseudo-world apart, an object of mere contemplation. The specialization of images of the world is completed in the world of the autonomous image, where the liar has lied to himself. The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the non-living….The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.

Guy Debord:The society which rests on modern industry is not accidentally or superficially spectacular, it is fundamentally spectaclist. In the spectacle, which is the image of the ruling economy, the goal is nothing, development everything. The spectacle aims at nothing other than itself....As the indispensable decoration of the objects produced today, as the general exposé of the rationality of the system, as the advanced economic sector which directly shapes a growing multitude of image-objects, the spectacle is the main production of present-day society. Read More:http://libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord-one image:http://horiwood.com/2011/03/31/canada-and-cricket-one-photo-3-30-11/

 

ADDENDUM:

 

Guy Debord:In a world which really is topsy-turvy, the true is a moment of the false....To describe the spectacle, its formation, its functions and the forces which tend to dissolve it, one must artificially distinguish certain inseparable elements. When analyzing the spectacle one speaks, to some extent, the language of the spectacular itself in the sense that one moves through the methodological terrain of the very society which expresses itself in the spectacle. But the spectacle is nothing other than the sense of the total practice of a social-economic formation, its use of time. It is the historical movement in which we are caught. Read More:http://libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord-one image:http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/04/15/photos-photographic-evidence-of-political-humanity/

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---Let’s ignore the fact that I’d never allow the candidate to be photographed with such bad posture, I’d not use the shot as the main one on the website. Hey, I’m out of shape too, but I know to be photographed wearing a jacket. Let’s ignore the colour scheme being over-weighted in black. Let’s ignore the HTML errors that cause text boxes to run over each other. ...Most importantly, the Liberal site doesn’t allow people to feel like the campaign would be *their* campaign. Obama is asking me if I’m “In”, and Harper is allowing me to join “Tory Nation” and invite my friends to do so as well. Ignatieff’s Liberals seem to want to show me how complicated things are, with a lot of little text on the screen, and a heavy focus on policy, but little real engagement, and no empowering of people. I’m really surprised. They don’t “get it”. ...Read More:http://www.aranhamilton.com/

 

When your arms are empty, got nowhere to go
Come on out and catch the show
There’ll be saints and sinners
You’ll see losers and winners

All kinds of people you might want to know
Once you get it, you can’t forget it
W.S. Walcott medicine show

You know he always holds it in a tent
And if you’re looking for the real thing
He can show you where it went

There’s a young faith healer, he’s a woman stealer
He will cure by his command
When the music’s hot then you might have to stand
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/band-lyrics/w.s.-walcott-medicine-show-lyrics.html ]

To hear the Klondike Klu Klux Steamboat Band
Don’t you sweat it, you can’t forget it
W.S. Walcott medicine show

I’d rather die happy than not die at all
For a man is a fool who will not heed the call

Gonna see Miss Brer Foxhole
Bright diamonds at her teeth
She is pure gold down underneath

She’s a rock and roll singer and a true dead ringer
For something like you ain’t never seen
Once you get it, you can’t forget it
W.S. Walcott medicine show
W.S. Walcott medicine show
W.S. Walcott medicine show ( W.S. Walcott Medecine Show, The Band )

Rick Salutin:A CBC News streeter in Vancouver on the first morning of this election campaign revealed something about who it matters to most. A middle-aged woman with a nice haircut, who seemed on her way to her good job, said it was a waste of time and money. A guy in a wheelchair looking down-and-out smiled and said, “Hey, variety’s the spice of life.” He welcomed the call. Those at the low end with little hope of change for the better have more reason to accept the $300 million it will cost than those doing (relatively) well, thank you. In fact as the gap between the very well-off and everyone else yawns ever wider — it’s now our most prominent social feature — politics increasingly becomes the last source of hope along, of course, with your lottery ticket. In other economic circumstances, when the gap seemed bridgeable, you could imagine that hard work and talent would lead to improvement. Tougher to picture that now. The mob in ancient Rome was so fickle because a change in leadership was their only hope for a little more bread and another circus. Read More:http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/967091--salutin-the-romance-of-elections-seriously image:http://russ-campbell.blogspot.com/2011/04/can-grits-count-on-justin-trudeau-to.html

 

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