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Noah Smith Substack interviews me

Right here is the interview.  Right here is one excerpt:

N.S.: So how would you usually describe the zeitgeist of the second, in the event you needed to give a easy abstract? What do you assume are a few most necessary traits in tradition and thought proper now? My impression has been that we’re kind of in a replay of the 70s — a interval of exhaustion after a number of years of intense social unrest, the place individuals are trying round for brand spanking new cultural and financial paradigms to interchange those we simply smashed. However possibly I’ve simply been studying too many Rick Perlstein books?

T.C.: I view the Seventies as a materialistic time, sexually extremely charged, and America working into some vital actual useful resource constraints, at the very least initially stemming from excessive oil costs. Mainstream tradition was usually pretty crass — simply have a look at disco, or the ascendancy of mainstream community tv. The present time I see as fairly totally different. Sexually, we’re withdrawing. Society is extra feminized. America has way more immigrants. And we’re obsessive about the digital and with make-believe, to a level the Seventies couldn’t have imagined. Bruno Macaes is one creator who is admittedly heading in the right direction right here, together with his emphasis on how America is constructing digital and certainly usually “unreal” fantasies.

I believe at present the variance of weirdness is rising. Conformists can conform like by no means earlier than, due say to social media and the Girardian need to imitate others. However uncommon folks can join with different uncommon folks, and make one another a lot weirder and extra “area of interest.” For example, each potential variant of political opinions appears to be “on the market” as of late, and maybe that’s not fully reassuring. A better variance for weirdness most likely encourages creativity. However is it a optimistic improvement on internet? We’re going to discover out.

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