Kabuki

Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese popular drama, practiced for at least four centuries, with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. More recently, however, kabuki has come to connote other types of theater, particularly political, in which empty rhetoric and performances are used to distract others from lack of purpose, substance, or meaningful action. It also pertains to innovation theater, which is anything that signals something innovative is going on, especially when it’s not. And the louder the fanfare, the greater the hoopla, and the more numerous the press releases, the less likely it is that anything at all is actually going on.