Until the recent death of “Joannie” (Eran Morin) from the TV series “Happy Days“, I didn’t really make the connection between Scott Baio’s appearances as a Trump stalwart and the TV series he’s most associated with that depicted America in the 50s as a time of happy innocence.
Do people really associate the slogan “Make America Great Again” with “Happy Days“? That would be bizarre. That would definitely be surreal. The 50s were, in reality, nothing like the idyllic time portrayed in the TV show. It was probably more like what was depicted in the movie Revolutionary Road, judging from my reading of the history of that decade. If people get their ideas of actual history from a TV sitcom, isn’t that the meaning of “post-historic man”?
If that’s the case, it’s no wonder we have a problem with “fake news” and “post-truth” — which might be equivalent to “post-literate” society. But it would underscore the significance of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, (as well as his Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology) and especially the cogent critique of Neal Gabler’s Life The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.
It certainly might account for the “bubble of perception” we seem to be witnessing today. I’ll have to go back and re-read these books, I think.