06
Aug
11

post-historical culture

simon reynolds on life with total access to everything in the past, and where the future is then

The nature of digital culture seems to be centrifugal. Before, media was centripetal, pulling people toward a central hub or consensus, but digital culture seems to be about making people disagree with each other and disperse from each other.

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Usually the narrative is more that older generations say, “This music isn’t real music anymore. It’s just noise.” And that they make fogey-ish complaints about music being incomprehensible. My problem is that a lot of what I hear does sound very comprehensible. What disorients me is the lack of surprise.

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