As everyone knows, our world is on fire. Sometimes literally, but always figuratively.
The Internet, in its infinite wisdom, has settled upon a metaphor to evoke the broiling ever-present destruction:
The dumpster fire.
The scholarly website KnowYourMeme.com offers the following definition of a “dumpster fire”:
a pejorative term used to describe something as a spectacular failure or disaster, in a similar vein to other colloquial terms like “trainwreck” or “sh*tshow.”
Merriam-Webster is more to the point:
an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence : DISASTER
Needless to say, the Baltimore Symphony lockout is a dumpster fire.
A new vague proposal (threat?) floated in the Baltimore Sun on July 10th is, to my eyes, a potential game-changer. And not just for Baltimore, either: for managements, musicians, donors, and patrons all over the United States.
If what Chris Bartlett, the chair of the Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust, proposes in this article comes to pass, a philanthropic Rubicon will have been crossed: a blazing dumpster fire fueled. And across that river, and beneath that trash, lay myriads of unsettling, unnerving unknowns.Continue reading