I am obsessed currently with Trump. If you wanted a character that completely compiles everything that has been happening in politics, or rather the political image making of politics, into one being, you have Trump. Literally the Trump card, the politician who can’t be stopped because he isn’t and is. To me Trump represents this fictional space we are crawling into. A culture that is constantly re writing its own history and present to define it under positive terms. Where flashes of images and advertisements constantly impact us, sub consciously influence us, Where the blurring of reality and fiction is made apparent every single day when we sign on to an Instagram feed or a twitter feed.
Trump is this, or as put above he is and he isn’t. An image that is out of control a point that has no point and a point, a commentary only given by people in desperate attempt to make sense out of senseless. When trumps popularity gains it’s a perfect example of popularity gaining because it’s popular.
A world which moves to fast for even itself Trump is a snowball tearing down a mountain.
Trumps failure doesn’t matter, his success doesn’t either, his existence, his success to this point is all that is important. It has guaranteed a generation of PR firms and marketers will look towards his performance and attempt to model future candidates after it. The idea of a candidate that is allowed to say whatever he wants whenever he wants and still get positive poll numbers is a PR dream. It is what every corporation, every politician, every one of us is looking for.
Trump is a chaotic being, he is disorder in every way, a disruption of a system. I won’t vote for Trump, I’m not saying he’s a good candidate or a good human being or a good politician. But an image he’s the best.
He is an Artists dream. An image unable to be destroyed by criticism, one that feeds off of its own existence. One that will forever last in the memories of the American people, and forever be written down.
All press is good press. And Trump is a press magnet.