The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert this month for helping the world understand how a background field can cause phantom particles to acquire mass. The relatively irrational world of politics, riddled as it is with contradictions, offers its own version of the Higgs Field in terms of divergent national narratives.
For example, a news story can gain heft and traction in one field, while its equivalent in another field is rendered weightless or lightweight.
To the mainstream US media, a self-immolation on Tiananmen Square in Beijing is a political incident of the first magnitude. What about the self-immolation of a black man with a gripe about US democracy on the National Mall in Washington? Not so much.
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