Note — Mar 31, 2019

The Mueller Investigation Ends, Along With Its Industry

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By Ian Bogost, although it’s framed around the investigation, it’s included here for the view on news being more and more anticipation of the future instead of coverage of the present, and media jockeying for position by taking anticipated conclusions for granted.

It’s more than yet another fusion of 24-hour information, meme culture, and internet opportunism. It also speaks to Americans’ strong desire to anticipate the future, and to live in the present as if that future has already arrived, and in the way they’d planned it to besides. […]

These and other stories seem like news about the present, but they are really speculations on information from the future. […]

So much media is premediated now, it’s almost impossible to find something whose payload isn’t partly composed of practice for future events. […]

Like taking out a loan on news to come in the hopes that its benefit will pay out enough to cover its costs, the Mueller disciples traded their own anticipatory media on margin, assuming that their winnings would more than pay off their debts.