(Succeeding And Then Came The Next One. Picture is real [inasmuch as anything like this can be considered "real"]; clip-out courtesy Consumer Trap.)
Brilliant; sad; hilarious. Hollywood did its best to push Obama (TM) in 2008, and like most empty things Hollywood tries to sell, it was a huge success. This particular shot is funny/terrible not just because of the marketing angle, but because Clooney--who should, by virtue of friend and money quantity alone--be a self-secure individual. But here, we see him not just pushing the product as a wealthy backer, but also thoroughly enjoying the chance to show off his one black friend in true SWPL fashion.
Take note, oh lamenters of two-party duality: the soulless leaders you decry are just a political version of the soulless products that you excitedly gobble up from the entertainment branch of the same elite pushers. Patronizing their junk will ensure that nothing good ever gets made/sold. The picture above is evidence of Obama's worthless insubstance, yes, but it is also evidence that the soulless corporate media conglomerates that control distribution of our books, movies, TV shows, pictures and music are equally possessing of a deliberate agenda.
It's not just an attempt to be popular. If Obama actually wanted to be "popular," he would have followed major poll results at various times, and done things like offer universal health care, close Guantanamo Bay, "get out of Iraq," etc., that had majority support at various times. If he really wanted to be popular, he would've announced a national dividend of $1,000 checks to be mailed out to everyone making less than $250K/yearly, or he would've called for a national referendum to replace Congress with all-new-people, or something else that would swarm Washington, D.C. with the nigh-complete adulation of the democratic populace he supposedly represents. Nach, he does not do these things, because he's not interested in popularity.
The entertainment conglomerates, similarly, continue offering empty soul-calories not because they want popular successes or money. They already have those things, and their future obtainment of them is--like the American election of someone backed by big money in November, 2012--guaranteed, with the marketing power they have at their disposal and the uninspired marks they're aiming for. When the bookstores, libraries, theaters and newspapers all slap something out there as "the new sensation," it will sell almost every time, generate massive returns, and produce an independent fan base of unpaid promoters. Entertainment business offers these terrible products because keeping people relying on worthless entertainment keeps them from developing as critical, empathic beings, and keeps the grindery running.
While the political salesmen have the respectable veneer of "tradition" and "state," the entertainment salesmen wear cloaks of "art" and "expression." Same show, different acts. When you compromise and vote for Obama, you're not just choosing "the best option available"--you're also validating, through your participation, the entire process of ensuring that no good, healthy option will be available next time. When you compromise and read Dimly-Lit Place or catch the next Hungry Thrones movie, you're validating the entire process of ensuring that no good, healthy option will be available next time.
C'est la mort. Life is short, ehy? Might as well pick one of whatcha got with your dollars, your vote, or your hours. We have no hope for anything better, after all--it's just not pragmatic. Play within the boundaries, suck it up, go see the Hollywood rape of Death Note, and on the way home, stop at the community center and pull the lever for the best guy they got.
Update: from an anonymous commentator at IOZ, summing up a generation and a life:
Hey Arka, isn't there a kid being bullied somewhere that you can go save? Fuck you and your new age bleeding heart self-aggrandizement.
To be ignored, insulted, or destroyed by this culture is a high honor.