Video 2 in my new series at Human Is Some on YouTube.
Latest Video: The Problem With Rush Limbaugh
It's the same as the problem with Trump, or any other societal problem. The Problem With Rush Limbaugh Isn't Rush Limbaugh. It's the support he was shown by those who should know better. Gatekeepers with wider, mainstream audiences gave Limbaugh permission, both overt and tacit, to be as awful as he wanted. This brief video looks at Limbaugh alongside Matt Drudge, Fox News, and Walter Cronkite; and makes the case that nowadays trivial ideas of success (ratings and money) override "subjective" qualities of truth, goodness, and sincerity.
Since I find it despicable that Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump, I end my video on a positive note by listing some of those who earned that honor legitimately. In everything I do I will strive to emphasize my humanist values. Learning about the contributions of any of the following amazing humans is more worthwhile than spending another moment's thought on Rush Limbaugh:
A. Philip Randolph,
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Billie Jean King,
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas,
and Thurgood Marshall.
"Mind Your Mind Holes" featuring clips of Angela Lansbury belting, "I Don't Want To Know":
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I talk about myself a lot. And that is what I plan to do right here, right now.
For a long time I struggled with the feeling that what popped into my head, like a song (or advertising jingle), was unwanted. Nowadays I feel a lot less tormented in that way. For one thing, I have almost entirely eliminated advertising from my life, so that is a major positive improvement. There must be more to it than that, though. When I think of a song lately, I feel like I have a near-limitless jukebox in my head that I can choose to listen to or not. It is a pleasure when an unexpected song jumps to mind. I sit with it, or I put it away.
During the mid-period—between the time of unbidden tormenting melodies and today's endless free mental jukebox—when a song leapt to mind I felt that I had to find and play the song to exorcise it from endless repeat. That worked fairly well. Perhaps I was training myself to control the music. Now I feel that I can choose to play or not play the music from the actual source. More often I just listen to the tunes in my head, until I move on. It feels good—safe, sane, okay, calm, controllable.
For some reason a song I have not heard in a long time (as far as I can recall*) has been on my mind today: