Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Nation Is in a Collective Sleep with the Internet as Its Blanket

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Nation Is in a Collective Sleep with the Internet as Its Blanket

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The internet now resembles that chaotic state when our minds assemble dreams while we are asleep, mysteriously pulling dreams together from fear, desire and bits of experience. Someone recently claimed that MelaniaTrump is not the real Melania Trump. It went viral. No one knows why any more than anyone knows where last night's dream came from.

The country is asleep under a deep blanket of smugness, a comforter under which some luxuriate in the belief that the only real issue facing the nation is abortion or the Second Amendment or football players taking a knee or taxes. After all, such well-intentioned dreams can't hurt. We're the greatest nation on Earth. We've survived this long and we will continue to do so. Won't we? Donald Trump, the slumberer in chief, doesn't seem to take even his own presidency seriously. …

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