Taking down poster, photo by Perambara
The saddest thing about the wartime crippling of the media is that now we have no idea what’s going on. The co-option of the state media into propaganda wings is also befuddling. What remains is an atmosphere of low trust and low information, a vacuum filled with rumor or innuendo. I hear the weirdest shit, still. It never occurred to me, but one meme now is that the election is rigged and the Elections Commissioner is surrounded somewhere. I don’t believe that,but I also have no way of actually knowing what’s going on. I get phone calls of stuff people overhear from high-placed sources but no documents, few names and fewer shreds of rationality. Personally, I think Mahinda just won, beating all predictions. I also don’t really know.
It is a bit dodgy that the opposition candidate is surrounded by military. And that he lost his hometown, and that the margins are so far earlier polls, but polls are BS. Apparently they’re on state TV now saying that Mahinda has won, but the Elections Commissioner is nowhere in sight. I really really don’t know. I call around and nobody knows, we just trade rumors. Such is the void into which we are cast.