In the humid dark of the plaza outside the event, a dozen young activists covered in sweat and glitter have got together an impromptu protest. Shell-shocked members of the press stumble out into the street. One journalist from a major mainstream outlet breaks down in tears.
‘It’s just — there’s so much hate,’ she says, as a couple of glitterpunks move in to comfort her. 'What is happening to this country?’
What’s happening to this country has happened before, in other nations, in other anxious, violent times when all the old certainties peeled away and maniacs took the wheel. It’s what happens when weaponised insincerity is applied to structured ignorance. Donald Trump is the Gordon Gekko of the attention economy, but even he is no longer in control.
I’m With the Banned, Laurie Penny’s incredible piece about one night at a party at the Republican National Convention
Somebody kidnaps a girl and buries her in the ground so a bunch of alien parasites can… I mean, can do what to her we don’t know, and… and then how does he know about these parasites? Is he human, or is he alien? Are these things dangerous to normal people in Roswell?