Attention becomes more important when there is more to pay attention to. The information explosion of the modern world has put attention front and center as the gatekeeper of a flood of information, misinformation, and different interpretations about all those facts and claims. Even the simple acronym, DAT, used on this page for Deficit Attention Tweets, points to oceans of input on many fronts. Continue reading
Paul Croce, Halloween Night: Window to Fantasy.
Fantasy ruled the night.
I’m not referring to election night, but to MegaHalloween on Minnesota Avenue in DeLand. I met about 1000 festive and creepy characters, and there must have been at least that many more on the street, making it a carnival. From my random sampling, as the social scientists say, I got a hint of the taste for fantasy among the outfits with people who graced my front yard. And fantasy-fueled imagination also meant a lot of characters crossing over into all kinds of combinations.
People dress in outfits from the world around them, like the 4 Doctors including 1 Dr. Decay (how does this one stay in practice?), 1 Tacky Tourist, 6 Football Players and 5 Cheerleaders (including 1 Gothic Cheerleader), 5 Police Officers (one was “Buff”) but only 4 Robbers (1 had his “gun ready” and another was also a Nun!), and 1 Overweight Gen Xer. They tap long spans of history such as with Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, a Renaissance Woman, Bob Marley, 4 Native American Indians, including 1 Pocahontas, and 2 Flappers; and the natural world with 4 Butterflies, 3 Foxes, including 1 with a sword and 1 downright “Foxy Fox,” 2 Cheetahs, 1 Bunny, and of course 2 Spiders. Continue reading
This essay first appeared in the Huffington Post, November 21, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/2016-election-quake-ii-fi_b_13126268.html
The Trump Phenom and Republican sweep have roots that go even deeper than the inaccurate polls. The recent past tells the story of the rising strength of sentiments that would lead to this election quake.
An air of shock and awe still hovers around the election results. Donald J. Trump declared war on the federal government, on big business, on military and foreign policy leaders, on words that work in campaigning, even on his fellow Republicans, and of course on Democrats. Few expected these results, from respected polling professionals to Republicans themselves—even as that party benefitted in Congress and state houses. Recent history shows that these surprises have been building for years.
This essay first appeared in the Huffington Post, November 22, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/2016-election-quake-i-fiv_b_13144442.html
Huh?—a year and half of campaigning, two leading candidates with the highest disapproval ratings in American history, a Republican Tsunami—how’d that happen? Get ready, America, for four years of Donald J. Trump’s reverse smile.
Few anticipated the results. Even Republicans and Trump himself seemed surprised on election night. Although commentators have been wringing their hands for not anticipating the way voters actually voted, observers from major media stars to people at diners and around water coolers were already calling the campaign unprecedented. And yet, contemporary history and the current state of the media provide clues about how we have arrived at this surprising election.
Brief comments on paying attention—the role it has played in American history and culture. What do we pay attention to, and what do we ignore—what attracts, and what do we overlook? If you have a story about attention in the world around you, send it in!—at Leave a Comment….
See all Ten Expected Surprises as published in History News Network, November 20, 2016. Now that may just be too many surprises at once! Here below, you can take these surprises in chunks, 5 at a time…. See two essays:
originally published at Huffington Post, July 16, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/satire-trump-the-pop-musi_b_11035142.html
Sing it now: “Love, Love Me! Love, Love Me!”… Continue reading