I don’t suppose the world of pro wrestling is terribly different from the “reality” TV that reached its heyday in pro wrestling’s wake.
They both rely on ironic detachment for their popularity. How fitting then that Trump got his boost into politics from his experience as a reality TV star.
Did David Foster Wallace predict the inevitable consequences of ironic detachment with Infinite Jest. Or was he just commenting on what already existed?
The young people protesting in the Black Lives Matter movement give me hope. While they might have been raised on reality TV, they didn’t seem to share a single ironic bone among them while they were out in the streets this summer.
Their sincerity fills me with positivity.