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at least since the united states government has basically sentenced us to deal with covid forever, there’ll be a reason to reject any social invitations i don’t feel like going to

at the beginning of the pandemic—nearly two full years ago, at this point—people were hoarding toilet paper. canned food. bottled water. preparations for the apocalypse.

certainly there’s been a fair amount of shade thrown their way in social discourse, with the opener of curb your enthusiasm‘s new season joining the fray. but beyond their retail panic lies a rather insidious & very american psychology: a fear of change.

doomsday prepping is nothing new—homes of any sort with some basement shelter full of the above (along with plenty of guns)—but what it indicates is a desire to preserve a very specific type of lifestyle. that come hell or high water, these people want a version of the united states they feel entitled to. one with abundant consumer goods, the personal freedoms white supremacy affords them, and a reason to fight literally anyone who threatens even the slightest desire to change any of these ideas in the slightest.

it’s not without irony that these people are waiting for the literal collapse of society as we know it but still have no desire to allow for change while it’s still around. it’s their way or the highway and they will drape themselves in the american flag until they have to burn it for heat. individual freedom to do … whatever … is the only thing that matters to them, and the only shift even debatable is one further into the right-wing that gives the people they hate less of that liberty.

there has to still be a two-car garage somewhere outside of tuscon filled to the brim with toilet paper. sure would be a shame if it caught on fire.

source: the white house

as we enter 2022, i think it’s important to remember it’s called Covid-19 because it was discovered in 2019.

it’s absolutely insane that the government is basically saying fuck you to the unvaccinated (which, you know, includes young children), given more deaths were recorded due to the pandemic this year than in 2020. just because the omicron variant is less deadly than delta doesn’t mean another couldn’t become a threat at any given time—perhaps the state would respond differently then, but there’s no reason to imagine it would at this point.

what’s wild to me is the administration has basically set up the republicans to win in 2022 & 2024. if trump runs again—which he likely will—he won’t even have to lie. he’ll be able to say his pandemic response was more successful, kept the economy going while minimizing deaths, and that biden followed through on none of his campaign promises except for the one to millionaires that ‘nothing will fundamentally change.’

meanwhile, developed nations across europe are entering lockdowns to curb the spread of omicron.

what hell.

Colin Smith (b. 1982, based in Los Angeles) works in a form of assembly within and across disciplines, both in digital and analogue formats. Following in the ideas of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the medium of his work is often dictated by its message—the diversity of projects that result are each an attempt to represent a particular thesis, a certain context.

Educated in graphic design and photojournalism, and self-taught in the visual arts, Smith has additionally worked as an art director, freelance designer or creative consultant for a variety of small businesses and independent clients around the world.

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