"The avante-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a refuge in nonsense."
—David Mamet, 3 Uses Of the Knife
Why are our hypertexts so hard to fathom?
The playwright David Mamet writes:
The warm glow of fashion on the left and patriotism on the right evidence individual's power to elect themselves members of a group superior to reason.…
The stockbroker is not going to lie awake worrying about truths or questions raised by a framed canvase painted one shade of green (which is why he or she purchased it)."
We can too easily fall into neat self-referential camps, responding to each other, reinforcing our beliefs (and mistakes) while the world falls apart all around us.