thinking about low-end reality tv stakes– how feeling “awkward” is the worst thing that you can have happen to you and you will do anything to avoid feeling it yet the whole experience of watching is to negotiate the feeling of awkwardness for myself and those people-things I’m watching. now with the role of satire in national politics, for example spicer in the bushes — I am struggling to think through what kind of effect immersing oneself (ick) in the contortions of humiliation has on discourse. how many forms in which it is invoked. liberals’ concern for how we ‘look’ to other countries, etc. how much of the histories of oppressions manifest socially by humiliating people.
anyhow, I would like to write a story about awkwardness.