A (personal) theory on the persistence of popular cultural flotsam: • Culture as an autonomously self-propagating information-processing system has evolved to encode (i.e. store) itself in multiple, parallel ways – for redundancy and continuity. • The value of such superficially-itinerant, largely vacuous, trashy culture is in the various ways that it stores partial, incomplete images […]
Culture is the logical inversion of the human mind.
Wow. It didn’t take long for that to escalate. “Post-truth” has now found itself instantiated as “alternate fact” in popular media discourse. Trump’s press secretary did not (strictly speaking) lie, he expressed an “alternate fact”. Not only have we gone beyond an investment in the integrity of at least partial credibility or claim to verifiable […]