Beckapalooza

Glenn Beck by Gage Skidmore
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My Salon column for this week is up, and it’s about—what else?—Glenn Beck’s massive cult of personality.

If you have a single emotional or intellectual need, Beck promises to fill it.

As if to underscore the point, this week saw the launch of the Blaze, a Huffington Post-style news and opinion aggregator. Now Beck’s fans can get their window into the political world exclusively from a Beck-approved outfit, and then tune in at night to hear Glenn Beck’s thoughts on what Glenn Beck said earlier that day. This is epistemic closure taken to new, dizzying extremes: It offers people the opportunity to voluntarily enter into an arrangement in which their political views, religious attitude, and even fundamental life philosophy are constructed and mediated by a single pseudo-messianic figure.

Read on.

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