Are We Experiencing Cultural Exhaustion?
Is society experiencing cultural burnout? Mark Fisher questions whether the lack of innovation in pop music is indicating a larger cultural crisis. He hypothesizes that the proliferation and fetishisation of exciting new technologies has actually stagnated real cultural development. A very thought-provoking read.
“The present moment might in fact be best characterised by a discrepancy between the onward march of technology and the stalling, stagnation and retardation of culture. We can’t hear technology any more. There has been a gradual disappearance of the sound of technological rupture – such as the irruption of Brian Eno’s analogue synth in the middle of Roxy Music’s “Virginia Plain”, or the cut-and-paste angular alienness of early rave – that pop music once taught us to expect.