UPDATE – politics may be theatre but poetry isn’t democratic! From Sunday’s NYT book review of a sixties-era indulgence titled, “The Bourgeois Poet”:
“Very early on a poet is struck by the cruelty and lack of democracy in the arts — so few get it all, and the hordes receive nothing but the pleasure and pain of an overdeveloped consciousness. . .” OTOH, it’s not much less cruel or more “democratic” for the hordes of overdeveloped but languishing senators who would be king . . .
Regular readers will recognize this staple from my idea pantry. There’s really no such thing as “political science.” Politics like the rest of life and culture, is Power of Story. Without Power of Story, there can be no education, only schooling. It takes power of story to change children from wooden or leaden demographics into Real Boys and Girls.
Some random ingredients I’ve been stirring into electoral and educational side dishes:
New today – presidential politics as story and theatre, not science
This time last year – “Amplifying Our Differences: Schlocky Political Theatre”
Should we care if over-amplifying our differences hurts the very audience for which we compete, reduces it to a deaf and sightless, soulless lump of standardized, test-programmed RAM? Does it matter if we the people learn to prefer politics to problem-solving, screaming to singing, mass media to personal passion?
So I’m thinking less must be more, when it comes to decibel levels so distorting that political noise machines (school and church noise machines, too!) crank way past the purported goal of enhanced sound quality for the masses, and approach the point of inflicting mass physical damage and provoke mass psychological aversion responses?
Maybe we need to redesign our political theatre for a whole new kind of sound as art, less Rock and a Hard Place (“If I Had a Bigger Hammer” on an endless loop) and more complex human-scale harmony from Sweet Honey in the Rock (heck, they don’t even need tuneful accompaniment, much less the distorting buzz of amplification.)
Childhood stories are deeper and poetry truer than electoral politics, imo. And demonstrating that musical theatre explains more than mere politics – “Musical Theatre as Shocking School Culture” and right here at Snook, see education politics using theatre as a football in a post I slugged as “Expelling Urinetown (Pun Intended)” . . .