Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trophies For The Bros

Hullabaloo "Bubble Babies":

...Everyone has a right to be involved, of course. They should. But social media is making it seem as though everyone has a right to win --- and if they don't it can only be because the system is rigged against them. After all, "everyone" is on their side!

There's always been a bit of this in politics. It was taken as a given by a whole lot of people that JFK stole the 1960 election in Illinois. I remember that people said President Bill Clinton wasn't legitimate because he won with a plurality. And in 2000 George W. Bush actually did manipulate the system in broad daylight. The results of close elections are always debatable I suppose. But in the social media age it's gone well beyond anything like that to the point where everything is a conspiracy. I don't know where this leads --- probably nowhere. But it doesn't strike me as one of the positive developments to emerge from the internet...
The Participation Trophy is just that. There is only one winner. The Bernouts should keep that in mind. I might also add that losers don't dictate terms to winners, else there is no point in the competition.


Alessandro Machi said...

I think there is a typo in the Clinton plurality comment. Clinton won without a plurality.

Bob Harrison said...

You're right. I bet it was supposed to read "without a plurality." I didn't notice it. Good catch, bro! I'm sure if Digby allowed comments it would have been noted.