There's much to think about, and to disagree with, in 's provocative #longread about decadence But there is also a truly remarkable lacuna. It does not mention #climate.
"What if the meltdown at the Iowa caucuses, an antique system undone by pseudo-innovation and incompetence, was much more emblematic of our age than any great catastrophe or breakthrough?" asks in an essay adapted from his new book.
Will be thinking for a while about the last point here: That our screens have effectively papered over the ideological and political stagnation that surrounds us with a pleasing simulacrum of meaning and action.
"Take a single one of the great breakthroughs of the industrial age — planes and trains and automobiles, antibiotics and indoor plumbing — and it still looms larger in our everyday existence than all of the contributions of the tech revolution combined."
‘Complaining about decadence is a luxury good — a feature of societies where the mail is delivered, the crime rate is relatively low, & there is plenty of entertainment at your fingertips. Human beings can still live vigorously amid a general stagnation...’
Surprised I like this write-up of his new book so much. 4th to last para calls to mind Laudato Si of Pope Francis. There is hope.
Phenomenal piece by : The Age of Decadence - The New York Times
If only there were an app to fix this
Very interesting, very provocative: The Age of Decadence
Optimists insist we’re anxious because the world is changing faster than our primitive ape-brains can process. But what if the feeling of acceleration is an illusion, conjured by expectations of perpetual progress and exaggerated by the filter of internet?
Opinion | The Age of Decadence - The New York Times (h/t ⁦⁩)
Interesting column. There is a lot less "innovation" than the hype and money managers would have you believe.
I have my disagreements with the long book excerpt from in yesterday's paper, but he's on the mark in his assessment of campus placidity (and, to a lessor extent, political violence). NB
The Age of Decadence puts a broader context on our forthcoming AER paper "Are Ideas becoming harder to find"
“Take a single one of the great breakthroughs of the industrial age — planes and trains and automobiles, antibiotics and indoor plumbing — and it still looms larger in our everyday existence than all of the contributions of the tech revolution combined.”
The Age of Decadence
The word I was looking for is "overwrought." Great word because it sounds like "overwritten," which is kind of what it means. And here is with an example: