Me: Aftermath or An 11/9 Twitterography – Here


Late on election night, after the matter and the immediate after-matter had passed, I turned, only a little drunkenly, to the latest episode of Aftermath on my DVR. The production is far from the level of premium TV product like, among newish shows, Quarry and Westworld, but the scenario and its development seem even more timely now than they did before 11/9. In short, Aftermath is a show in which a typically exceptional very whitebread American family heads off in its RV to cope with the Apocalypse, which takes the form of just one damn thing after another, mostly as drawn from ancient myths, with a particular emphasis on entities described by local indigenous or formerly indigenous peoples, but with a few novel terrors and several dollops of possibly merely conventionally scientifically explicable catastrophe also in the mix.

Now, I’m not going to recommend Aftermath to anyone., I would not necessarily even call it a “good” show, whatever that means, but, like I said: very 2016 – to me more 2016, and more watchable, than say, Designated Survivor, even if the latter’s central narrative device, based on the nearly-complete collective decapitation of the nation’s political class, via destruction of the Capitol, comes across as the dream-like fulfillment of a massively shared wish.

And that’s all I have to say today, except: Here is an up to the moment reverse-chronological Twitterography of things I’d read if I had the time, and may get to or mostly or partly get to as time goes by, and as I also resume “Noted And Quoted” operations. Please feel free to direct my attention to anything on the list, or to use the comments to add or suggest anything of note. Also, please let me know if this post is impractically slow-loading for you. There are measures I might be able to take, and will likely get to anyway.



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  1. I’ve mostly been not reading analysis, rants, predictions etc. My take is that the past is now an especially poor guide to the near future, and that the best approach is to, for the time being regard the whole steaming mess as a black box. Input ==> Output. What happens in between is unknowable for the immediate future.

    For what its worth, my assessment of that fellow includes the idea that he is both impulsive and indecisive. Which may be an only somewhat finer grain assessment than to say “erratic”. But the indecisive aspect I think is underappreciated because of all the bluster.

    So it matters more than usual, and it always matters a lot, who he surrounds himself with, or who succeeds in surrounding themselves around him.

    A lot also depends on what exactly the first few controversies are. They could easily equally propel or impede policy initiatives. They will be the “initial conditions”, the movement of the butterfly wings, that set in motion the force and direction of the hurricane.

    • I’ve been kind of avoidant, too. Found myself enjoying the Soderbergh SOLARIS on a movie channel this morning across from my yogurt, instead of the news. I agree with your other observations, too.

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