Schmaltz and Tyranny
Painted beauty, heile Welt imagery, sugary music, kitsch, pomp, conspicuous hygiene, perfume, fashion magazines, hair gel, leather jackets, cowboy boots, polo shirts. Bling bling. Track suits, business suits, stormy suitors. Stereotypical behavior. Big cars. Butt jeans. Greasers, Lackaffen, slickers… Thuggery, jive talk, the fast life. These specters I fear and tyrants hold dear. Your aesthetics reveal your ethics.
Watch this slideshow of schmaltz, internalize the signifiers: