I just gotta rant about how much Ugly Must (cool nickname right?) sucks for a minute.
Gamers are starting to blame China more for their consumerist gripes, but movie fans started it.
Whenever a bad movie does well in China, the American press sneers at China for their shit taste, but whenever a bad movie doesn't do well in China, it is either under-reported and ignored, or, in fact, also turned against China.
Americans notice that Hollywood movies are getting dumber and worse, and the easiest connection to make is to the increased input from China in Hollywood. In reality, they're both symptoms of a bigger problem: Hollywood is the global hegemonic film center, and it is always, constantly profit-seeking.
Reality tv uses basic tools to influence fan votes. When you notice those tools, you notice similar patterns in political media.
There are many structural elements that not only influence who wins votes / elections, but how we conceptualize elections to begin with.
In the most basic sense, the amount of exposure someone gets influences their votes. The only reason Joe Biden dominated the early polling of the 2020 primary is because he's the candidate who most people know the best. This is even easier to witness in reality tv fan votes.
American corporations, like the NBA and Blizzard, tell us on one hand that China is evil, but on the other hand, they do business with China. However, when the political and economic converge, the American Middle Class lashes out at the mixed messages.
Americans are struggling with cultural stuff regarding China, because they're realizing how much a world power China now is. But that genie has been out of the bottle for 20+ years, and there's no going back. The only ways to go back is something like going all in on the trade war with China, but that in and of itself would completely shift the global economic landscape.
Even then, China still has enough autonomy that the US definitely can't stop China's growth, and intensifying the China trade war would cut the US out of the biggest source of capital flow, which most American capitalist don't want. Some want the trade war to tip minor things in their favor, but none want to be removed from their overall trading position with China.
Big Brother 21 started, and has already gained controversy online. People have noticed a pattern: generally, the white houseguests targeted people of color first. The racism in Big Brother 21 is enabled by a mob rule system.
The pre-release discourse for Classic WoW shows people are desperate for a sense of community. But why is that search leading them to a 15 year old game exactly?
The social game show Big Brother shows how different social formations form and retain power.