After yesterday’s post about how our own minds put us in perceptual boxes, I was delighted to discover Megan Hustad’s discussion of the mass media’s mass delusions about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. At issue was the fact that the media have apparently finally figured how to categorize Kagan. Channeling confused pundits, slapping their heads in wonder, Hustad wrotes:
Oh, I get it now! Kagan’s the funny fat chick! Cool! … For reasons that elude me, American culture loves throwing out these binary options and then feigning — or is it real? — surprise when the world proves three-dimensional.