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08.2011 / Is Pop Culture Consuming Itself?

This is one of the most spot-on and important and interesting articles/discussions on retro-mania and contemporary pop-culture I have ever read.

It’s a long read, but it is absolutely worth it. I could quote every line.

Personally – just to jump right into it – I don’t think we’re at a dead end because we are not so much involved in futurism anymore. I think we are now in an era of mash ups and remixing that is driven by the same boredom that used to drive kids in the 70s or 80s, but with an entirely different output.

This is exactly what’s going to change our image of “futurism” – it is not the alien, weird future anymore, it is the familiar but different future.

Kind of like Flying Cars – it’s still cars, but they fly. Likewise, it’s still Electronic Music or Pop Music, but merged. Or self-drying clothes. We criticize vintage-inspired culture because it seems old and worn (because it IS old and worn), but we tend to forget that this is how new ideas are developed. We take what we have, what we have forgotten, and turn it into something new.

Of course it goes way deeper than that, but you’ll have to read the article to come to your own conclusions. Great discussion.

via The Quietus | Features | Tome On The Range | Is Pop Culture Consuming Itself? Simon Reynolds Discusses Retromania.

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