n.— «We are living in what a friend of mine calls “the cuteocracy,” where the cutest person, place, or thing wins. Realism is out—unless it’s the hyperconstructed reality of Survivor—and the supernaturally ugly aesthetic of the X-Files has gone the way of presidential candidate Ross Perot. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that, as the United States takes a dark political turn with its unceasing war on terrorism, people are hungry for sweetness and light.» —“Cuteocracy: The Apotheosis of Cute” by Annalee Newitz Lilith Gallery (Toronto, Canada) Apr. 9, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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