No, it is not the exhibitionist in me reveling in my return to blogging.
No, it is not MERELY the joy and gratitude gushing from my heart and my tear ducts as the words "President Obama" keep booming out of my turned-up-too-loud POS television set.
No, it is not the the unfamiliar pull of adoration + idol worship + real-live attraction that I feel towards a U.S. President.
Could it be--horrors!--a mild twinge of nationalist zeal? Even--gulp--patriotism? Because--well, yes, many amazing, positive, and entirely alien emotions have been coursing through me today and this evening--but also, I got a touch prickly at one segment of the "World Reacts to Obama's Inauguration" collection on CNN.com:
Okay, I don't know diddly-squat about Hong Kong politics, and I sure as shit wouldn't publish my thoughts on the subject, but when I read this, I thought--f'reals? Even aside from the horrible syntax and general bungling of punctuating and constructing a sentence--what a load of horseshit! That's not MY country at all! Or at least that's NOT the typical Obama-fanatic's take on things!
Then I looked up the writer. Apparently the English-language Asia Times (which is more precisely the Asia Times Online, its hard copy version having gone under years ago) imports content from many international sources. This reductive, sour-grapes spewing nay-sayer is...drumroll please...
...a communications professor in Washington State. Ba-dum-CHING!
Okay, so it's not my country, or even my generation that the snippet above highlights as problematic. It's my profession. What a douchy, douchy, douche-douche.
Oh well. Communications schmations. I'm turning into something of a cultural materialist myself, so I can tell you with similarly arrogant pomposity that Joooolian is wroooong.
Also: CNN.com, for jimminy's sake, do your own goddamn homework, just for once. Something that was published in an Asian newspaper does not necessarily represent a perspective even remotely "Asian." Whatever the hell that would mean.