Old and Stubborn: James Comey and Politics in the Internet Age
Last Thursday, we saw James Comey gave his testimony on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US Presidential Election. In a very serious tone, he made his opinion clear that Russia’s involvement was absolute. One by one questions were asked, the staunchest of bureaucrats in their un-abrasive suit and dress all …
Last Thursday, we saw James Comey gave his testimony on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US Presidential Election. In a very serious tone, he made his opinion clear that Russia’s involvement was absolute. One by one questions were asked, the staunchest of bureaucrats in their un-abrasive suit and dress all pulling what they feel was most necessary from the former FBI Director. It’s rare that a room watched through the computer screen feels so stuffy. While the importance of this testimony cannot be downplayed, politics continues to refrain from making anything surrounding it personable (or for lack of a better term fun).
But in the age of the internet, where every facet of existing can somehow be bastardized, even politics are not sacred. While most probably chose to watch the hearing from the live streams of any prominent news site, some found their stream of choice in Super Deluxe‘s appropriately dubbed ‘James Comey Testimony Live Remix’. Streamed live, overtop of the Comey testimony, the people at Super Deluxe found a myriad of ways to make a historic moment that could have revealed deep political corruption feel fun. Should politics be presented this way? Is this too important to be subjected to such mediocrity? I don’t really know or care, but that glazed donut Comey is holding looks mighty delicious.
These are important questions to ask because I’m sure plenty would take issue with the novel representation of such serious matters. You might say that downplaying an event that could hold political ramifications for years to come is wrong. The thing is, your opinion doesn’t matter. On the internet, nobodies’ opinions matter (shown in the endless irony of comments sections, echo chambers, and voiceless comments yelling at nobody in particular). Regardless of what anybody thinks, the denizens of the internet will continue to do whatever they want. No matter the severity of the topic at hand, the internet will disturb it and the bureaucrats have nowhere to hide.
I would argue that in this moment, politics actually became interesting to a younger generation that is sick of politics. Outside of Russia, Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 Election has contributed to a failure to connect with young voters. This isn’t new to politics (youth voter turnout has always been a struggle). However, that issue stemmed from bureaucratic politics’ failure to connect. In simple terms, politics are boring. In a world where political stances can rarely be condensed down to a one-page summary, wading through endless news stories and videos to discover what your politician of choice actually believes is mind numbing. Maybe an approach like ‘Super Deluxe’ can help change that.
Now I’m not saying politicians need to start wearing little hats or acting ludicrous for young people to pay attention. What I’m saying is that politics, in general, permeates ‘old.’ It inherently feels aged and uncool and lacks any attributes that could change that perception. Almost stubbornly, politics refuse to change. Perception of politics remains a room full of stagnant air, ill-fitting suits, and bad ties; and I hope one day a politician comes around to this. My theory is that he or she would take the country by storm, little hat or not.
Check out the James Comey Testimony Live Remix here