Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Times They Ain't A-Changing

Kurt Andersen argues that "these days, even as technological and scientific leaps have continued to revolutionize life, popular style has been stuck on repeat, consuming the past instead of creating the new" — You Say You Want a Devolution?

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

A sign of our culture's advanced decadence. It cannot create anew -- it can only feast on carrion.

December 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

That "feast on carrion" metaphor brings Lady Gaga to mind. I mean, the only thing she's done that Madonna did not do before her is to work for the State Department. How radical is that?

December 11, 2011 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Indeed. Completely derivative. Sad to see it. In order to thrive, culture has to be connected to something larger than itself, something that compels the culture to move forward. As Russell Kirk always used to point out, culture has at its root the notion of "cult" -- in the old Roman sense of duty towards the household gods. We've completely lost that connection to our traditions, to our household gods, to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who stands at the source & summit of Western Culture. Without that, the culture is in deep trouble. And our culture certainly is in deep trouble.

December 12, 2011 at 2:04 AM  

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