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The Bubble

 
先日のブログで雑誌Natureの社説を取り上げAcademics, in particular, must break out of their cultural bubbles and work to understand the sentiments behind Trump’s rise.(特にアカデミックは業界の殻を破ってトランプの台頭の背後にはる感情を理解しようと努める必要がある)という部分を紹介しまたが、まさにBubbleをからかうSNLのスキットが先週放映されたようです。



リベラル側はdiverseとかinclusiveとかかっこいいことを言いながら実情は自分たちの価値観に合うものに囲まれて生活していることが垣間見えます。トランプ支持者の差別はわかりやすいですがこちらも同じくらい差別的ではないかと気づかせてくれます。

Coming in January 2017, The Bubble is a planned community of like-minded free thinkers -- and no one else.
So if you're an open-minded person, come here and close yourself in.

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The Bubble is a diverse community and safe space for everyone. We don't see color here, but we celebrate it.

このスキットは評判なのか多くのメディアで紹介しています。アトランティックもその一つです。

Saturday Night Live Punctures the Liberal Bubble
This week, the show turned its mockery toward smug elites.

MEGAN GARBER NOV 21, 2016

It’s a powerful segment—and not only because it’s intimately informed by things SNL’s writers likely know very well: the cultural and commercial habits of a very particular, and very stereotypical, cross-section of young progressives. “The Bubble” is Brooklyn, essentially, presented at once as geography and as a very precise set of political assumptions. SNL, with “The Bubble,” is making fun of that, and of itself—of its own generally progressive viewers, of its own generally progressive writers. It is having fun with, but also giving credence to, one of the criticisms most commonly lobbed against progressives: that they are smug. And that they are, in their way, just as narrow-minded as the people they condemn for their provincialism.

That wasn’t the only thing that made the sketch so powerful, though. “The Bubble” was also poking fun at—and, in the best way, exploring—some of the broader ideas that have informed aftermath of a divisive election: ideas about filter bubbles and homophily and destructive partisanship. SNL’s ad for The Bubble talked about “things everybody loves,” listing things that … really only some bodies love. The ad, in a pointed rebuke to Barack Obama’s united version, talked about “their America.” And then it talked about “we.” It took the transcendent anxieties of the current political moment—the fear that this vitriolic campaign might have fundamentally altered the “we” of the Declaration and the Constitution, the “we” whose realization has been the most crucial purpose of the American experiment—and satirized them.


このあたりはよくあることではあります。「Critical Thinkingが大事だ」と主張する人が自分が批判された途端、冷静に批評できずに感情的になって怒り出すなんてことはよく見る光景です。

価値観が違う人と付き合うというのは自分の思い通りにならないある種の「不快さ」が不可避的に伴うのでしょう。でも本当の意味での民主主義を求めるならばその「不快さ」とうまく付き合うしかないのかもしれません。もちろんこれも綺麗事で実際Yutaがどこまで「不快さ」と向き合えるのかは自信が全くありません。。。5年後にはYutaも英語学習に疲れて「TOEICだけでいいんだよ!資格試験だけしかやらないよ!」なんて言い出すかもしれませんから。。。

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The unthinkable has finally happened. Our nation torn, broken. You could move to Canada, but you love your country. What can a person like you do?

What if there was a place where the unthinkable didn't happen and life could continue for progressive Americans just as before.

Now there is.

Welcome -- to The Bubble.

Coming in January 2017, The Bubble is a planned community of like-minded free thinkers -- and no one else.
So if you're an open-minded person, come here and close yourself in.
In here, it's like the election never happened.

While who knows what the hell is happening outside in their America, The Bubble will be a fully functional city-state.

With things everybody loves: like hybrid cars, used-bookstores, and small farms with the rawest milk you’ve ever tasted.

Now that’s more like it. Even though you’re in the bubble, you’ll still stay fully connected to the world outside.

We’ve streamlined our high speed internet with only the good sites, like HuffPo, Daily Kos, Netflix documentaries about sushi rice and the explosive comedy of McSweeney’s.

Hmm, clever.

Need entertainment? The bubble has so much to do. Go to the bar and engage with a wide array of diverse viewpoints.

Yes, exactly!
Totally!
Right?

The Bubble is a diverse community and safe space for everyone. We don't see color here, but we celebrate it.

And unlike the rest of America, anybody is welcome to join us. One bedroom apartment starts at $1.9 million.

Planning is underway to give you everything you need. Except police or firemen, because we haven’t found any who’d agree to live here.

It’s their America now. We’ll be fine, right here in the bubble.

Join Us! Starting in 2017, the bubble. It’s Brooklyn with a bubble on it.
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