I learned a new word today: "tittytainment". Apparently, the term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski to refer to a mixture of "intoxicating entertainment and sufficient nourishment" that can "tranquilize the frustrated minds of the globe's population."
As far as I can tell, tittytainment is much more complex than the sum of tits and entertainment. For instance, titainers who are fumbling and failing make for mind-numbing and "reassuring" viewing pleasure, while those titainers who rock the boat are a no-no in the tittytainment industry.
My tittytainment info actually comes from a great article that argues some critical points:
- The September 2001 attacks did not mark a qualitative change in US politics, but a quantitative one.
- 9-11 provided accelerating momentum. US elites saw that the time was right for finalizing its hegemony over the world defined by complete control over oil reserves and expanding "super-fire-power" around the world in the form of roaming sea fleets and military bases located in most continents.
- "The spectacle of power and intoxication" did not start on September 11, but was developed during the 1991 Second Gulf War, guided by the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton.
- The so-called "war on terrorism" is not new at all, but rather "an escalation and completion of previous patterns of violence in which the US was involved."
Besides, what else are ya gonna do? Grey's Anatomy doesn't premier until next week!
"9-11: The Illusion of a Historic Coup in the Course of Imperialism" by Hisham Bustani, Monthy Review