what she's thinking:
Naruto. Naruto! Believe it! Belieeeeve it. YA I am in my ninja clan. Ninja clan here we stand. NARUTO IM ON MY WAY. NARUTO I’LL BE OKAY. GETTING READY TO FIGHT GOT MY BEST FRIENDS BY MY SIDE. SASUKE IS REALLY COOL. SAKURA THE BEAUTIFUL
Capitalism is still in collapse; we don’t need to rewrite the hundred thousand manifestos that have already eloquently clamored for or diagnosed its end. The question now is not how to build an army to “fight capitalism,” but how best to use the gigantic energies that have been and are being released—in many directions, all over the world, and from deep within the belly of the planet—as the old order sputters and lurches into its twilight.
Loïc Wacquant article “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration" gives a good historical/theoretical overview of the "peculiar" institutions that have operated to "define, confine, and control" black Americans in the United States.
The trajectory of these institutions might look something like this:
Employing “humor” can be a way people reinforce the dominant values of society without having to apologize or be accountable. (How many times have you heard people say that they were “just joking”?) It’s the cheapest kind of humor—the kind that relies on pandering to what will “resonate” with the audience. So if our society is grossly misogynistic, more people will “get” your joke if it’s sexist, and when they “get” it they will get the fuzzy warm sensation that comes with being an “insider,” of knowing what someone is talking about, of having your beliefs reflected back at you. If your aim is to reinforce what people already feel they know—then going against the grain in your jokes will fail to signify properly. I am troubled by the way so much humor relies on identification with the worst aspects of our culture. Even humor that is “intended” to be a critique or satirical can fail to actually function as such if the reader/viewer does not perceive that the joke or representation is critical. So the ambiguity/irony of the joke can be a kind of void—an empty zone that can accommodate readings that both resist and reinforce the surface representation.