A week into our new presidency and I’m inundated by writing about our new president–on Facebook, on blogs, in poems, in short prose pieces–in other words, just what our new president wants: attention.
I have purposely not written about our new presidency, although I have written about some of the events that have occurred, but I have purposely avoided using the “T” word and I’m going to go on avoiding using it as soon as I’ve finished this blog post.
I believe our new president wants attention more than he wants anything else and I’ve decided we need to stop giving it to him. We need to protest unlawful and bad behaviors, we need to march in solidarity, we need to contact our congresspersons and tell them what we want. What we also need to do is minimize and/or eliminate any attention on the president himself.
Success in reality TV has nothing to do with reality. It has to do with saying or doing anything that will grab headlines and get attention–real, alternate fact, or something else equally outlandish. The more attention provided, the more unreality, alternate facts, and sensationalism are provided.
I suggest we rebel. Fight the behavior; refuse to give attention to the perpetrator. And focus on your congresspersons who are in a position—maybe—to halt or deter actions that we deem unacceptable.
Now, for me, it’s back to writing poetry about life and reality, not alternate facts.