introducing: meta

i realize this tale from florida (the nation’s dirty underwear®) is torn from the msm 24 hour news cycle, but lately i look for examples of meta behavior. meta being so far above something, as to reduce it to a lower game. raising the stakes. moving the goalposts. all of these are related to foucault.

this is a prime example of meta.

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2 thoughts on “introducing: meta

  1. Let’s lay it down. Everything that follows the link is from the link.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council

    Shortly after Florida passed its Stand-your-ground law in 2005, ALEC adopted its legislative language into one of its model bills. The Florida bill had been pressed by the National Rifle Association and its Tallahassee lobbyist, Marion Hammer. According to testimony by the Center for Media and Democracy, Hammer met with ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force in the summer of 2005 and requested that it adopt Florida’s stand-your-ground law as an ALEC model bill. The Center for Media and Democracy stated that the proposal was well received and approved unanimously.

    On April 4, 2012, after the Trayvon Martin shooting, advocacy group Color of Change changed the boycott to focus on The Coca-Cola Company for its support of ALEC and by implication, its involvement in Stand your Ground. Within hours, Coca-Cola announced it was ending its relationship with ALEC in apparent response to the threatened boycott. More than 60 corporations and foundations including Wendy’s, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Apple, Procter & Gamble, Walmart, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the medical insurance group Blue Cross and Blue Shield dropped support of ALEC in the ensuing weeks or let their memberships lapse. ALEC responded with a “Statement by ALEC on the Coordinated Intimidation Campaign Against Its Members”.

    On April 17, 2012, ALEC announced that it was disbanding its Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which provided model bills for voter ID requirements and “stand your ground” gun laws. The Martin shooting and subsequent boycott was described as a catalyst for ALEC to shift focus from social issues to economic ones.

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