In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama wrote, “I have never been a fan of politics and my experience over the past ten years has done little to change that.”
I can certainly agree with that.
Most of us are familiar with the dictionary definition of politics – the art or science of government. In the world we live in today, it might be more appropriate to call it the theatre of government.
I happen to like politics as defined by section 5(a) of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: the total complex of relations between people living in society.
We the people. Living in a society. Our relationships are complex.
When I think about politics at a macro level, I think about how we will one day be destroyed by nuclear weapons because of human stupidity. When I think of politics at the micro level, I think about my blog.
When @notovine said we should start a podcast, I was uncomfortable with the idea. I did not want a bunch of audio files with my political/societal views all over them floating around out there in cyberspace. What if I wanted to run for politics one day? But then he said, “We should start a blog.”
Why did a couple of fellas need a blog in the first place? That’s like the sales associate at the cellphone place asking why I need an unlimited airtime package when everyone just uses their thumbs, three-letter acronyms, and emojis to communicate nowadays.
What I’m saying is, despite my disdain for cellular phones, it’s not really the phone part I hate. Unless someone is talking on one while he or she is being served by the cashier at the grocery store. In that case, that person is being an asshole and he or she might need to check into the Prime Dictator spa for a leaf rake massage.
As with the mantra, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, the same logic can be applied to the cellphone. The cellphone is a tool, and as long as the person holding it is not, then all is well with me.
Anyways, before the inception of the blog, I was in the privacy of my own home, equipped with my expensive “unlimited talk and text” plan courtesy of the serial wireless rapists. I was holding the cancer-causer up to the side of my head for up to three hours a day, discussing politics (and everything else) with my friend.
Our phone conversations were always unapologetic. That was the point. Some of the stuff we were talking about was so non-PC that we would preface the conversation with, “If you’re listening…” That was directed at the national security apparatuses that we were pretty sure would pick up on the keywords we were uttering. Maybe the keywords didn’t matter. Maybe they are ingesting everything just because the worldwide cost of data storage is so low. Perhaps they are recording everything just because they can. In my mind, it would be akin to how technology allows us to have a thousand photos on our cellphone now when a few decades ago, we might only purchase a roll of twenty-four exposures a couple of times a year.
That’s fine. Hundreds of hours of conversation stored on an NSA server that will likely never be listened to. I feel sorry for the person who decides to put the headphones on and listen to those recordings.
@notovine made the assessment that our conversations were gold and should be shared with the world. His suggestion of doing a podcast was not my style, so I went with plan B. I drew a picture of a retarded sheep, got out my credit card, and, tada, we had a blog.
What was the subject of this post, again? Oh yeah, politics.
The original purpose of NotSheepMinded was to unapologetically tell it like it is from our perspective. This can be at odds with the political nature of blogging. Like a politician tries to garner votes, most bloggers try to accumulate views, or followers, or visitors. That’s hard to do if the blogger is always offending his readers.
I’m curious what you think: Is it better to state my raw opinion as is consistent with the original purpose of the blog, or should I be more political and tone it down for the purpose of maintaining my readership?