A video of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar was talked about on Tuesday, showing two lawmakers pretending to be handcuffed when police escorted them from an anti-abortion movement.
Both representatives were peacefully taken away, pretending to be restrained and appearing to walk with their hands clasped behind them, but then raised their fists at a rebellious moment.
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 19, 2022
According to Parliamentary police, the House of Representatives was actually arrested along with 14 other Democrats, but without handcuffs.
The arrest was guided by police to a shadowy area and fined $ 50, but the dramatic and theatrical behavior of parliamentarians, their staff, and the media fawns put them under serious pressure. Makes you believe that you are exposed to.
Omar’s team even seems to have “confirmed” to a reporter the truth that she was handcuffed, but media coverage of previous events was deliberately misleading and frontline lawmakers.
The picture is portrayed as a hero, despite being a clear media stunt that seems to support their facts and their actions.
If it weren’t that common, it would all be pretty amazing. Performativity coercion is now a common way of working for a new generation of politicians, shaped by social media and ready with a digital influencer toolbox.
These moments allow politicians to emotionally restate their political goals and reconstruct politics, which is nothing more than a sentimental attitude of careerists, with the advent of social media and its impact on the attention economy. It reminds me of what happened.
Congressman disgust is a complete summary of how classic social media performativity practices, such as virtue signaling and self-bullying, infect and spread politician behavior in public. .. Now, an imaginary audience can expose every moment.
This is not a coincidence. Social media has empowered our politicians to create spectacles and dramatic and emotional scenarios that reconstruct their power in emotional rather than political terms. It allows them to create the illusion that they are at the same level as the people they represent. Their only power is activism. In other words, their activism is cosplaying and they are no longer the agents they choose for our benefit, our social media friends, our influencers, our source of entertainment. And pretending to be a desirable consumption.
Expect more of it. The ambiguity of this line between social media simulators and real-world politics is now the future of political outreach and will inevitably change the public behavior of politicians and civil servants.
AOC is not a politician. She is a poly-influencer who knows how to evoke the emotional flow of the masses in sentimental sights. For this very reason, this practice is now enthusiastically embraced by those in power who are wise enough to understand its potential.