Mimetic Rivalry

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Therefore, the embattlement of the social constructions between these two leaders, their mutual mimetic rivalry in a quest for the categorization of the sacred, set the tumbling blocks of transmitting the affective realism associated with the election results. Teresa Brennan in her book The Transmission of Affect discusses a theoretical framework for understanding the ways in which affect is transmitted. “The thing that gives that affect energy is the living attention it absorbs, while the thing that depletes it is the lack around which affirmative pathways congregate in directing that attention to specific ends” (Brennan 40). From this simple paradigm of thinking, the understanding of Trump’s new reality becomes clear. The fact that he, the…show more content…
“The 289 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List” is an unambiguous example of how Mr. Trump’s negative affects are transmitted throughout the public. In this document, New York Times reporters stated their mission as follows: “since declaring his candidacy for president last June, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office. We know this because we’ve read, tagged and quoted them all. Below, a directory of sorts, with links to the original tweets. Insults within the last 60 days are highlighted” (CITATION NEEDED). The premise is clear; this article seeks to undermine Mr. Trump’s credibility by demonstrating the sheer volume and petulance of his insults. However, understanding this simplistic characterization of Mr. Trump through his self-aggrandizing notions of superiority of the subject transmit an affect to the audience that is highly negative. The experiential reality of the readers of this article is one that is inherently filled with a rumination of anger over the sheer volume and uncreative nature of the insults. Therefore, this article gives new life to affects that would have otherwise been forgotten on the twitter pages of yesteryear, and through…show more content…
On his showtime special jokingly named “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale,” the joke being that the election was a forgone conclusion that Mrs. Clinton was going to win the election. Polling metrics including the New York Times Upshot, Huffington Post Poll, each put Clinton’s chance of winning at over 90% (Upshot 2016). The outlier among the major polls was the Fivethirtyeight poll, which still gave 86% chance of Clinton winning the election as few as two days before the election (Upshot 2016). In the context of the media, the meta-narrative that it had created seemed to indicate that Mr. Trump’s creation of his own idealism, the sacralization of his totem had all been for naught. And watching the Colbert special, one sees the affective transmission of a member of the media, beginning under the complete assumption and full confidence that the narrative surrounding Hillary Clinton was the one in which the status quo, and inherent affect surrounding the political process would be maintained. He has to accept the reality that was ridiculous to the point of months of his mockery. Watching Colbert address the audience, completely off-script, describes the affect that the election precipitates, and contributes to the media’s meta-narrative of the election. “I think it's the fact that we drank too much
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