Madonna never became a somebody: she picked the wrong profession.
She became an anybody and an everybody.
She was a fantasy stand-in: she would sing on stage, and her fans would imagine themselves on that stage singing those songs and gyrating — only they imagined they were more famous and iconic.
Once social media allowed anybody and everybody to make fishy pouts on selfies and post it to Instagram, she was redundant. Fans didn’t need her anymore because they could have a new fantasy of being “discovered” with their own selves instead of her — they didn’t need hours of rehearsals — they just had to film themselves and put it on Facebook and watch the likes coming in.
Those fans aren’t “slaves”: they just went out on their own, hoping to either strike it big, or whine for socialism when the whole famous thing didn’t pan out.
Madonna has no clue about the modern age. Of course she pines for the good old days when the gate-keeping Patriarchy told the little people that she was hip, cool, and edgy. They had slim pickings. She is a product of a bygone era, but still tries to play the role of a maverick that she never truly was.
But Madonna has something in common with journalism: they never got it because they were not empirical, but had the benefit of a benevolent Patriarchy who shielded them from their own obliviousness with those fabled gates.
Trump figured it out, however. He saw it. He is a lot hipper than Madonna and more savvy. He saw Twitter was where all the cool kids were going, and so, he won his presidency with it.
Just to be clear: he didn’t merely just post on Twitter: he figured out its rigs and system, and did something unprecedented with it: win the highest public office in the world on his first try.
Journalists and Madonna fumed with jealousy, and the press is trying to make up a narrative about how there is a recession in the US, but it isn’t.
Because the press has another void in their brains: they cannot read any of the signs.
They don’t have Method Research. They don’t have F.R.E.E.D.
I do, however. It is the system that took me the majority of my life to create.
What is happening to the US economy isn’t a recession: it is a transition. The dinosaurs of the economy are becoming extinct, while the fittest new animals are thriving. Journalism collapsed. Hollywood is crumbling. Bricks and mortar retail is struggling.
What they all have in common is an inability to learn and adapt because the old rigs gave them real power and control. They lost the rigs, which were always their crutch, not magic wand, and they don’t want to confront the reality of their true mundaneness. They are Madonna, fuming that the illusion of being a Chosen One came with an expiration date, instead of shifting. Madonna’s ignorance is a real knee-slapper: for all the talk how she “re-invents” herself, she has never re-invented her structure. She is static.
Just like journalism. Just like Hollywood. Just like bricks and mortar retail.
The mindset of the world is shifting and rapidly so. It is something I have noticed and chronicled for years.
And I took it all into my equations.
I do not need to appeal to authority to tell me what will happen because I have devised a superior method that is faster and more accurate than employment statistics.
You look for the unintended consequences. You look for subtle shifts.
Because people lie. They keep the most critical detail away because to reveal it would expose a vulnerability that explains a seemingly baffling situation.
They will tell you everything is wonderful when it is horrific, for instance. Or, if they are doing well, they will claim poverty in order to get pity and gain something from someone who has something that they want.
When I worked as a journalist, this kind of thing would happen all of the time. There was not a single story where there wasn’t at least one crucial holdback that I had to find to explain what was really going on.
It didn’t matter how benign the story, it was always something. It could be minor or major, but it altered the essence of the story, in every single case. I never played up on it in my reports because it was my job to tell people about the reality of a situation, not present a narrative of me being some sort of great detective.
But I saw the shifts as I saw the subtle inconsistencies of what people told me. I could look for signs and test various theories as I continued to research.
And then I could build up on it through Method Research, the process of studying something by walking among those who you are studying by becoming one of their number.
Madonna’s still in the dark about why she isn’t a monster act any more. It has much to do with her age, but also because the times shun people who want to be seen as larger than life. She wants to be an event and an icon. People would rather place themselves in that position on a smaller scale. The way she puts out albums is old school. She should have gotten out of the music business a decade ago, and do something else. Trump did. He decided to try politics. He succeeded.
Madonna just wants attention. She still wants to be somebody, but music is disposable entertainment, and that hamster wheel is broken. She wants to tell the little people how to think, hoping to convince them to pay attention to her again by properly grooming and instructing them to fall for the correct mindset. Not happening. People prefer their own mindset, thank you very much.
Journalists are also stuck in that stupid loop. They keep trying to tell people how to think instead of understanding how thinking has changed in the last twenty years.
And it is their job to feel those changes, not work against them or ignore them. Method Research is the very art and science of honing instincts: you can have data to back up your deductions, but your senses are more in tune and accurate than those snail’s pace offerings.
For people who follow scripts and rules, Method Research terrifies them. They are passive by nature and want to parrot authority in order to sound smart without having to do the legwork.
But for those who are truly critical and active thinkers, they can glide on any wavelength to see reality in order to find the truth, regardless of the time or place to see the light…