Written by Katin for IPCRESS Blog
This essay originally appeared in my other blog under the title, “Problems of Race, Culture and Politics.” Over the next few months I will be transferring some of the essays I have posted to my blog on MySpace. I have been blogging on that site for several years as the interface is very simple to operate. This also gave me the opportunity to generate a body of work which I could later sift through, edit, and then re-post to an established blog site. While MySpace gets a lot of flak for various reasons, it is still a good barometer for judging certain cultural and political attitudes. Of course, these attitudes and opinions are expressed largely by a younger crowd, but it’s important to keep in touch with this segment of society. After all, these are the people who will be volunteering for the military, the Police forces, and other sectors of the Homeland Security apparatus. Mass Control begins with the young. There is much of the irreverent behavior common among college students on the site, and one quickly gets used to overlooking the childish randomness which is very popular there. On another level, there is a large amount of focused, hateful commentary which tries to masquerade as simple randomness. This is not a phenomenon unique to MySpace; in fact, the attitudes expressed on this site reflect broader feelings of racism, sexism, and elitism in our society. I wrote this essay about a year ago in response to much of the overtly racist material which has gained such popular acceptance on that site as well as the Internet in general. This was an ambitious attempt to link together a wide range of issues and I hope it hangs together. It would have been easier to make it much longer, as I touch on a lot of material; but I wanted to keep it as short as possible.