In Ronnie Bruce’s short film Typography, poet Taylor Mali lets it all hang out about how people talk today. Hipsters. Kids. Cooliodoolios who don’t want to sound too committal about anything. Every utterance is just a little fart with a question mark at the end. ‘You know?’
I don’t happen to have this problem with sounding non-committal and all like you know laid back. I get in trouble because I talk too much like a guy who’s swinging a baseball bat. But, uh, you know, in an era of fake Bush wars and a ‘liberal’ president who tells me I’m going to have to buy insurance from a murderous private company or else… well, hmmm, like, dude, I’m swingin’ my verbal bat just as hard as I want and I’m hoping to hit someone in authority. The Tea Party folks are idiots, but there’s one thing they’ve got right. Obama is so over, he’s, like, you know… done. Obama reminds me of a school principal. Never says anything worth listening to. He’s got the dullest eyes I’ve ever seen on a president. Notice that? Blank. Even Bush had expression. Always terror. Sheer stark raving terror radiated out of Bush’s little monkey eyes. Obama radiates the pause between pre-planned comments – the ‘umm’ moment.
Of course, when people suddenly get very clear, direct, self-assured and forceful in their statements you know what happens, right? You get Hitler.