It’s been many years now since I began noticing a concept that is extremely frequent in global culture and that is what I call “the convention of the unconventional”. This is definitely something that is appealing as food for thought since it sounds like an oxymoron. However, it can be said that it is not a contrast.
For some years now, we know that we are living in a so-called “Age of Information”. My understanding of the “age of information” is that it does not only mean that we live in an epoch dominated by computer information, but also that we live in a time where information is key and essential to succeed. Being the one who breaks the story or who tells the truth seems to be the ideal in the age of information.
I thought about the world and its state and came to the conclusion that we are now rapidly leaving the age of information and entering a new age. Of course, being informed and knowing the truth will always be what matters to be able to create, shape and move things. However, being the informed person does not make one the “leader” anymore. In other words, with “fake news”, post-truth and conspiracies, the idea of information itself becomes for the general audience obsolete. You don’t have to be the one who is in the know to influence people and have them asking you for advice – at least, this is not the most important aspect of one’s importance anymore. We are now moving towards the Age of Charisma.
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” said one of the main characters of the US series comedy series “Portlandia”. Candace’s words were a great synthesis of the attitudes of many people of the 2010s, especially of younger people and predicted in a way the tide of “awareness” that is happening in the world. Today, mostly in the Western world, with the US as the leading country, but also in other parts of the world, people are very much invested in being “woke” or awake. It is very interesting how this awareness is defined in two opposing ways. In many regards, both sides feel that they hold the truth and that they need to enlighten others (but not mandatory) and make sure to take the correct action. This has always been the case in the world, where opposite views battle. It is literally something that is embedded in our genes, but that is a discussion for another time.
Today’s world, however, is seeing a generation of people under 35 that is highly engaged politically and socially. Whether they’re fighting for nationalism, socialism, feminism or any other –ism, people around the world feel that they must take a stance.
It’s definitely a thought-provoking endeavor to ponder on how this awareness will change and evolve in the future. Continue reading “Future Trends: The End of Awareness”
Looking back at 2017 and the one or two years that preceded it, we can definitely discover some cultural and social trends, especially in the West. While there are of course trends anytime and anywhere, now we can see some changes not only in the fabric of life, but in the structure that frames it as well. Continue reading “A Dismantling of the World (A Recap of 2017)”
There’s a lot of nonsense going on in today’s world, where there’s a hashtag SomethingIsOverParty trending, which never makes much sense. I thought of something that I believe is truly over, and that is postmodernism.
When I was in my last year of high school or so, I was learning in school all about the different literary movements and all that. Of course, at a school level, nothing too deep. When studying postmodernism, I remember thinking that we are kind of out of postmodernism and that a new major movement has begun and that it currently is somewhat overlapping with postmodernism. This was around 2008 or so. The teacher did not pay much attention to me though. Continue reading “#Post-Modernism Is Over. Or Is It?”
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