The Great Remasking by HerbN
I am on vacation this week. My in-laws had a non-refundable stay at a resort where they have a membership. Unfortunately, my father-in-law required medical treatment barring travel. As the stay was not movable or refundable, they offered it to us.
The last thing he told us last night when we called to say we were in and checked in without problem was “Have fun and wear masks.”
My in-laws are not what you’d call politically left. They watch Fox News. They rant about the Obamas still. I even, accidentally, said something that led my mother-in-law to rant about how Michelle Obama is a man. Like I said, not on the left and not on the mainstream narrative about Trump and Republicans.
But they are one hundred percent on board with the preferred Narrative about COVID. In doing so, they are part of the Great Remasking.
I’m not talking about the physical masks we are all forced to wear to get the necessities of life, although that is part of it. I am not talking about the Left letting their masks slip and show their actual view of us and their intentions, especially since we got uppity and elected Trump. I’m talking about the mask lain over all of us in the pre-Internet era.
Before the Internet it was hard, although not impossible, to see how many people saw through the mainstream media’s lies. It was hard, but not impossible, to get accurate news on events in the next state, much less across the nation. It was impossible, or so close as to be impossible, to get that information in a timely manner to counter the mainstream’s attempt to create the preferred Narrative.
It was impossible to know if you were and your immediate friends were all that was left of people who didn’t accept the Narrative. Some of us thought we were crazy because no one else thought like we did. Others of us felt a “last man on Earth” isolation. A third group thought we were the one eyed men in the land of the blind and realized that did not make you a king.
Then came electronic networks. BBSes using things like FidoNet at first and we many tiny contacts. Then came the World Wide Web and with it the widespread adoption of the Internet. People could put up websites and join message boards, under pseudonyms at first, and post what they were afraid to say to a neighbor or colleague (or in a sad comment spouse or partner).
We learned we were not alone. We learned that often our “radical” thoughts were tame compared to other people. Now and then we’d find that guy in the next cubicle who we were afraid to tell we thought the news was full of it on global warming had a well-done analysis of the math that not only reinforced our conclusion, but showed it to be a bit conservative on just how much manure the Narrative was shoveling.
Four years ago, amid much wailing and gnashing of leftist teeth, this realization reached a crescendo. Not only were leftist Democrats defeated with the election of Trump, but they were shorn of the ability to create an illusion that cowed most of the population and frightened the rest into silence. Ever since Trump there have been attempts to build the Narrative and force us to get back in line and shut up for fear of being seen as wrong thinkers. They got no traction until COVID.
Then they politicized a virus. Their allies in the media got into a 24/7 fear mongering. They got us to remask.
I am in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This is not Obama country. It is not Biden country. Yet I have to wear a mask everywhere. Here or home in Atlanta, I have to wear a mask even to buy groceries. Life requires I hide behind a mask.
And those masks are not just physical. In forcing a mask for the virus while simultaneously politicizing the wearing of masks they have undone the unmasking the Internet created. The undoing is not complete, but it has started.
Is the guy in line behind me at Kroger wearing a mask because he can’t come in without it, or is he wearing it because he’s back on the reservation?
The Great Remasking isn’t about physical masks, although it only works by making a physical mask a requirement to buy necessities. The Great Remasking is about taking away our ability to see we are not alone in our questioning the Narrative. It is about restoring the power to the media and the Left to tell us “this is the Truth and you contradict it at your peril”.
I am not sure how to fight back. A first step could be masks that signal. At first I thought a MAGA mask could do that, but my in-laws are very MAGA. They are also telling me to remember to wear a mask.
I think when I get home I’m going to go to the craft store and get some iron-on letters. A MAGA mask might not signal I do not buy the Narrative, but one that says “forced compliance” might. Sure, it will get looks, but if it gives one other person thinking they are the only one convinced we’re living in mass hysteria that they are not alone in their thinking, I’ll take it.
We may have to comply with the physical masking to buy food, but we do not have to comply with the Great Remasking.