What if every hyperreal public moment of Omarosa’s has been part of a limited hangout? What would that look like? What’s its purpose? I contend that it would look very much like what we’ve seen thus far--real in some sense, contrived and coordinated in a much deeper sense such that it’s more real than real. Even more so if we consider how she threatened April Ryan, one of the few prominent black reporters in the White House briefing room, like a scene from a BET reality show. Or that weird fiasco where she brought her wedding party to the White House, like a scene from a BET soap opera.
Goods and rights are regulated in completely different ways. Regulating rights as if they were goods—subjecting them to what looks like the market forces of supply and demand—can lead to suppressing or marginalizing them if enough people or interests (the market) are against them. In this way the postmodern position can transform into the neoliberal position with little slack. Free speech isn’t a right at all, but a commodity, its value rising and failing as the marketplace of ideas dictates. Our “incredulity towards metanarratives” is assuaged by how natural and right neoliberal frameworks seem.