Now here’s an interesting thesis, courtesy of Kurt Andersen:
For most of the last century, America’s cultural landscape—its fashion, art, music, design, entertainment—changed dramatically every 20 years or so. But these days, even as technological and scientific leaps have continued to revolutionize life, popular style has been stuck on repeat, consuming the past instead of creating the new.
In other words, we’ve more or less been dressing the same, listening to the same sorts of music, and buying the same conical, chrome Alessi teakettle for 20 years. Are we stuck in a design rut?
Agree or disagree—we guarantee you’ll feel strongly either way. To the piece!
Illustration by James Taylor.