After calling for the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act during a Thursday stop at a brewery in Tempe, Ariz., Bush touted the potential of the health apps on his new Apple Watch. "On this device in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that five years ago were not even possible," Bush told his audience.Everybody has already had a good laugh at Jeb Bush's audition for a post-presidential run to be spent hawking consumer crap, just in case he fails to sell feudalism to enough white-racists to get to the White House. Yes, the idea that an awkward crappy media gewgaw could replace healthcare is stupid and cruel, but it is perfectly continuous with the stupid and cruel assertions one hears from Republicans who pretend that poverty doesn't exist because lots of people have color tee vees or microwave ovens. If they want to pretend a dumb-phone could replace welfare why not pretend it can replace healthcare? Given the anti-futurological axe I am always grinding hereabouts, I would add that Bush is expressing an essentially futurological prophesy here, that what appears to be a future-prediction is in fact a advertisement for a present-product, and that the politics of the utterance are essentially reactionary. It's a nice quotidian illustration of connections I make all the time.
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Friday, May 15, 2015
Jeb Bush Unveils Upcoming Infomercial Run