Tag: booing

Booing and Nothingness

Across social media, a lot of people are still reeling over yesterday’s booing at the DNC. In particular, they’re saying it was childish. I find that an odd claim. There are legislative bodies across the globe, including countries we often hold up as tutors in democracy, where elected officials routinely boo and get booed. You might even say it’s a sign of a slightly less than grownup political culture that we in the US react to it with such a charge, that we see it as such a taboo. It seems to reflect a kind of obeisance to the magic of authority that we typically associate with, well, children.