One could say that reality TV, like Real Housewives of New Jersey or American Idol are more than metaphoric mirrors. I am not so sure, as i have come to distrust my thinking on mass culture, due to my total distain and snobbishness (yet I can't look away from the 100 million car pile up).
The hammer is also an oddity. I think it's the Ukulele. A very gentle hammer indeed, butlook at how subversive it is. It is small, and can be carried everywhere on foot. It is intimate, meant for small gatherings (perhaps your living room), unlike most of our VERY LOUD AND OBVIOUS corporate culture that needs REALLY BIG SOUND SYSTEMS in GIANT STADIUMS. It makes a gentle sound, unlike the aggressive aggro of most common fare. It is amazingly simple (four strings) in an increasingly complicated world. It's made of wood (that alone is a dangerous idea), so can be made with fairly primitive tools.
Now everyone doesn't need to take up the Uke. That would just lead to flagship Uke stores on Union Square, and KTELL Uke hits sold on late night TV. A Uke in every hand, a chicken in every pot, not a world for vegetarians or Bobos.
What we do need is that which enliven us, that which brings us together in celebration. With or without Ukes, REALLY BIG SOUND SYSTEMS, or consideration if you are a mirror or a hammer (I am smashing, I spent a lot of time smashed). Thats why I will be spending this Saturday night at Cafe International. Go Van Gogh (no Ukes), whether mirror or a hammer, are people sharing their love and efforts with who ever cares to know. I for one can never get enough of such a kind offer. So there I will be, to dance and frolic. I will have my life energies recharged. I will relate to my existing friends, who I have real, not virtual connections with. And I will have the opportunity to meet new people, and forge new relationships in an environment that is neither alienating nor hostile.