Fred Phelps and his tiny, no-account, insignificant Westboro Baptist Church perfected it in the field of religious bigotry. But attracting attention when you’re a nobody to the rest of the world is now an established strategy.
It’s fueled and enabled by the mainstream media since they changed to make everything they follow provide moneymaking entertainment. There are no more money-losing news bureaus maintained for the public good. Instead, 24-hour cable news channels compete for public attention so they can deliver eyeballs to their advertisers.
They’ve made a perfect publicity manipulating enemy of ISIS and the perfect politician of a talentless businessman/entertainer named Trump. The Donald’s TV ego and its outrageousness, which he’s displaying in his joyride of a presidential race reality show, are branded in the entertainment catchphrase: “You’re fired.”
And media have created a presidential race ideal for Newt Gingrich’s advice: “If you want to sell books, run for president.” Add: if you want to become a media commentator or an overpaid blowhard on the lecture circuit for suckers, particularly religious ones...
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-- Letter to the Editor in the August issue of Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 17 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
I Had Time to Read Only One Other Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Michelangelo Signorile: "Why Indiana Wasn't a Turning Point on LGBT
Rights -- and Why You Should Be Mad About It" (June 15, 2015)
"And please, spare me the argument that the laws won't hold up in court, which is often yet another symptom of victory blindness. First off, no one knows that, and after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, we should all be concerned. Secondly, the goal of anti-LGBT conservatives is in fact to keep LGBT equality tied up in the courts as they gather their forces, raise more money and deny us our rights for as long as possible while they attempt to roll them back, just as they do on abortion rights, voting rights and other issues. So, yes, they had exactly the win they were seeking."
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Religion Is an Addiction
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No one defines a real friend as someone who stands by you only if you’re able to buy them expensive gifts. We’d laugh at someone who thought that money was the basis of a “friend’s” interest.
There are those who do it, though. They want to be among the “A-listed.” It proves they’re worth something if their friends have money and display the ornaments of success defined for us by a consumer economy that teaches that buying things is the solution to lovelessness.
It’s not just the school kids who want to be “in” with that popular crowd on campus that keeps up with the latest fashions. That’s the stuff of those movies about cliquish high school life.
It’s anyone whose self-image still needs the attention and embrace of an elite to feel acceptable and worthwhile. But, even then, few still would admit to defining friendship in those terms..."
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