Whether he did so intentionally or not, the Mooch ended up serving this purpose. A flamboyant series of distractions and excesses, he was the tweet made flesh. Either side of a cataclysmic defeat on health care, the Mooch relentlessly sucked up attention, as well as unsettling those perceived to be disloyal in the Trump camp.
We jump on these sporting narratives because they help us understand a complex set of circumstances and seem to make an unpredictable tournament seem more predictable. These narratives are continued by brands, media and rights holders because they successfully bring people closer to the game, but they don't necessarily speak to what is really going on. To truly judge England at major tournaments, the skill is getting behind the headline, and finding the complicated reasons, not the simple ones.
I don't have the solutions to these problems; hopefully someone, somewhere will. Yes, there are other factors which must be considered with the media today, but the recognition for the need of deeper, un-sensationalised reporting is the first step to achieving this goal.
Nudity is just one example (perhaps a more visible one) of tourist behaviour visible across the globe. I remember when I lived near Salou, on the Costa Daurada, Spain, the locals were in a way forced to put up with thousands of students descending on the area as part of Salou fest.
The word 'entrepreneur' comes from the French word 'entreprendre' (meaning to undertake) and the English word 'enterprise'. Thus, an entrepreneur is someone who undertakes enterprise. 'Enterprise' is generally defined as a bold or complex project or business. Here's where definitions have become more nuanced over the past years...
This week, World Mental Health Day is taking place and I plead with you that instead of ignoring the day, or using it as a day to further victimise those who are already drowning in society's stigma, you use the day to teach others. You use the day to tell others that mentally ill people aren't bad people. They aren't "violent loonies". Being ill certainly does not make them a "threat to society" but, instead, quite the opposite.
It is sometimes said that we get the government we deserve (not sure about this, we'd have to have done something pretty bad to be lumped with these guys) but it might be truer to say we get the media we deserve.
It's high time sportsmen take sports back from the clutch of statesmen. This is how the FIFA scandal should have been seen: not as a parable for capitalism, but as a lesson of what happens when sports become shorthand for politics.
Russell Brand, poor Essex lad turned Comedian and Actor, remains a divided figure throughout the electorate; YouGov's poll in November 2014 showed that 46% of Britons had a negative view of Brand, compared to 13% who felt positively about the comedian. However, one cannot deny he has inspired thousands to question the current system we are living under...
History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.