The White House has announced that during the State of the Union speech tonight (25 January 2011), a variety of sidebars, links, and other such devices will be available on social media to explain what Obama means when he mentions an achievement or proposes a program. How pleasant. We have an up-to-date president who exploits all the modern propaganda vectors to infect our minds. We don’t believe what politicians say these days, so they feel the need to shout louder and more broadly.
Of course, many Americans won’t pay attention. My students and I will be discussing The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis, and I presume that the rest of you will use your time equally well.