Let’s set 2021 free from ‘influencers’ and bad influences

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In 2021, I predict the return of “the American president,” the end of the Kardashian empire, and a transition away from internet and social media solipsism.

Here are my hopes, dreams and predictions for 2021 and beyond. It’s the promise of a new day.

We’ll always have Paris

Culture is as culture does. We must free ourselves from the influence of influencers, reality TV stars, and other vapid wastes of time and cyberspace.

The Kardashians aren’t evil or harmful. They are beautiful but boring. They are entrepreneurs trying to make a buck. Or a billion. Or two. But their net effect on culture is negative.

People under the age of 25 have never been without the Internet. They’ve never known a world without reality television “stars.” They also never knew a world in which shamelessly whoring yourself out to the highest bidder wasn’t the penultimate sign of success.

Three decades after “The Real World” and “Survivor,” these talent-free celebrities are ubiquitous and constant mainstream news fodder. They embody the idea that fame, fortune and popularity are the American dream — not hard work, substance, and a place at the table. This needs to stop.

Uncle Joe

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will keep their heads down, distribute the coronavirus vaccine and make good policy.

Uncle Joe has been at this for a while. He’s not perfect, but he knows what he’s doing. He may stutter, but he speaks the truth clearly. I trust that this administration, with the help of Harris, will listen to scientists and use the technology, power and the country’s economic might to administer a safe vaccine quickly and effectively.

I also trust Biden to reverse, often with the flick of a pen, many of the horrible administrative policies former President Trump enacted through a hegemonic force of will.

Most importantly, Biden will reverse the trend in which the American President weighs in on every political and social event every day all the time OMG.

We got used to a president screaming constantly about everything from the NFL to the Oscars to Harley Davidson. It doesn’t have to be this way. Biden will speak through his actions, and his actions will follow his words and principles.

If you have any further questions, please consult the new ginger White House Press Secretary. She seems cool.

Taste over popularity

It’s okay for a musician or actor to sell a lot of songs or shows or tickets. Just please don’t make the selling the selling point. Please don’t be interested in something just because it’s famous, trendy or popular. Be interested in something because it moves you. Something you love should fuck you up. It should change your life. It shouldn’t just signify status.

When we watch a movie or hear a song, we should feel something deeper than phenomenon. We should feel something real. Something profound. Something that we won’t tell anyone or post about on social media, because words or likes just can’t do it justice.

Connect to yourself. Connect to your taste. Connect to your head and your heart and your gut and your drive and that fuzzy feeling inside. Who the fuck cares what anyone else thinks?

It doesn’t matter what your taste is, as long as you have some. Success doesn’t make something beautiful. But yes, when something beautiful is successful, the kids will dance with joy.

Stacey 2022

Stacey Abrams will run for governor in 2022. And she’ll win.

Vote, y’all. Ask friends and acquaintances if they vote or plan to vote. If they don’t, have an honest and open conversation with them. Volunteer.

Imagine Georgia as a state with two Democratic senators and a Democratic governor. Take a deep breath. Smile. Then vote.

Y’all heard me.

Scott King is a writer and thinker living in Atlanta. Follow him on Instagram.

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