Faction is the New Fiction
By ice rivers
As our president demonstrates each and every day, alternate truths are just a click away. Trump has already presented more than a thousand versions of the truth and since our country is based and was founded on the concept of a fantasy land, we get to choose how many of these alternatives we will swallow to determine whether or not we are red or blue with white still being a wild card.
Currently, we are trying to interpret the alternate truths that have led to the "invasion" of immigrants. Red is more convinced of invasion than blue. Red folks are even more convinced of invasion by whites and they have the history to prove it which everybody kinda ignores and for which ignorance many a casino has been built and many tobacco products sold.
We don't really know who shot either Kennedy. Even Helter Skelter begins to wobble as yet another alternate reality by Vincent Bugliosi to avert attention from Hollywood. Oh and OJ was not guilty until he was.
As usual, Tarantino got ahead of the game with his altered visions of the past including the death of Hitler (Inglorious Basterds) and the once upon a time cancellation of Helter Skelter by Leo and Brad.
All of this alteration of history can be summed up in the word "faction", Faction is both more and less than fiction and non-fiction. Faction is the intentional fictionalization of non-fiction in order to tell a better story. One of the ways to achieve faction is to have the story itself written by a fictional character If the author isn't real neither is the story no matter how closely it sticks to the facts. If the author is "real" person, she/he can grab the faction mantle by the utilization of an unreliable narrator.
Holden Caulfield admits to being a liar, right off the bat.
The Girl On The Train was drunk.
So faction is reality filled with interesting, conspiratorial lies.
Faction is the new fiction as well as the new non-fiction.
All it takes is a fraction of fiction to turn non-fiction into faction
And a fraction of non-fiction to turn fiction into faction.
Then all you need is some characters and action
And ya know what else helps a lot
Some rudimentary semblance of plot.
And for a dash of innovation
Add some internal motivation.
Who cares about "truth". Truth is 'soo' two years ago and it was shakey then.
We don't need it.
Fuggedaboudid. We got faction and I know you love it so I'm gonna give you some more.
Because I'm neither real nor reliable although, unfortunately, I'm sober.