The cultural rot is terminal. The civilizational flatline is near.
Being uncool in this rotting culture is just the best. Welcome to the club. Here's looking at you, kid.
I know what you are on about GC, even though I am not familiar with any of the names. I suppose that is the result of being both old, and a hermit of sorts, but I have known that western culture is on a fast slope downward, and personally I hope that happy horizon is not a decade away, but arriving much sooner. Just pray that that horizon is not loaded up with mushroom clouds.
Like you, I try to avoid the camera, (even have a piece of black tape over the one on my computer since I believe they can be remotely activated), but having never visited any of my daughter's facebook pages, I have no idea what they have posted in my name. I do know that most every intersection has cameras, and the denser populated a city is, the more eyes that are on you.
Meanwhile, here on the hunkerdown the circle of life goes on, and I have a week old goat that I'm bottle feeding---such things do happen with new mamas ---so I best get up off my ass, and get to work again.
Thanks for the good writing GC, world needs more of it.
I'm jealous that you were able to ignore all of it for 20 years... as the Mom of a "millenial" and a "Gen Z'r" - I'm surrounded by this shit - especially with the 21 year old whose face is becoming permanently implanted in his phone screen with Tik Tok videos coming out the wazooo..... I have talked to both my kids - as in "do you know what China is doing with your images/information when you post to Tik Tok" - and yes it is videos of them dancing - but fully dressed, thank God.. and both say to me "it doesn't matter, they already know everything about us anyway". These kids truly don't understand the potential implications and have been so bombarded by these sick cultural "influencers" like the gross Cardi B that their brains are warped. When my daughter went to see "Duo Lipa" last year - I literally said to her - who the fuck is that? Yet - still I try.... because I'm that naive Mom - thinking I could forestall the inevitable reach of cultural rot - who monitored every tv show they watched, had parental controls on tv's and all devices, neither of my kids had a phone until they were 14 and even then - it was a track phone with no internet access and only for my peace of mind.... (and to think, I would be sent out the door with a dime in my shoe for the pay phone....and my mother giving me strict orders not to return home until it was lunch time or if it was winter - until I my mittens were soaked - all to be sent right back out the door after a quick tuna sandwich and a change of mittens and told to be home when the streetlights came on). My idea of cultural heroes was David Cassidy - whom I would kiss full on the lips of his giant poster adorning my room and tell him I loved him and reading the Partridge Family album covers from front to back over and over..) My kids do love "my music" as they say - the great 70's groups like Fleetwood Mac, Led Zepplin, Queen,..... and they do tell me all the time that the wish they grew up in the 70's and 80's like me...... similar, in many ways to a post Soviet Russia..... Oh -- but they have ....no....idea.....
Reject post modernism. Embrace classicism. Latin, Greek, Gregorian chant, Bach, Euclid, and Euler will heal your mind. This is why they have been deliberately excised from our "education system".
Disabling all cell phones might help. Alot. With all the hackers that exist, this would not be that hard. The negative effects would be real, but the positive effects would be realer. Children are growing up looking at this stuff, and porn and it warps the mind.
Cardi B is a streptococcus infection isn't it?
I gave up on the Hollyweird pop culture crap over two decades ago, myself.
Misanthropy hit about a decade ago.
Now. I just try to tend to my dirt and my critters while it seems the stench from this bloated culture just get's worse every day. Thank God I'm upwind.
I’ve never understood selfies and have only taken a few. I’ve never described it as shame but yeah that’s what it feels like and I don’t need anymore of that in my life. Don’t understand the constant need to advertise one’s life to whomever may take a peek. The fact that ppl are making money from this shameful behavior is both brilliant and bogus. When will this end?
Love being out of the loop in satanic doings.
Culture has floors. And sub-floors. Once not long ago Negro Jazz was thought trash. Then after WW2 Elvis, Blues, Rock on radio. Then came the 60's and flood gates opened. Now we are here.
I've been saying this ever since Billary denied smoking pot: We Are Sooo F@<ked.
There is no putting the horse back in the barn.
Me, first seeing the phrase "Megan Thee Stallion" when she apparently promoted a limited offer at McDonald's:
"What the fuck does that mean?"
"But a stallion is a male horse."
"Fuck, am I old?"
Welp, they do make it hard. Googled Dua Lipa and, although no lesbian fad, it sure churns out the basest feeling. I guess that's the point, anyway. When you're thinking with the lower head you aren't thinking at all.
Western Civilization's collapse can be viewed through its art. We've gone from Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Reubens to the garbage of Pollock, Rothko, and too many other "artists" to mention.
Pope Benedict often mentioned that a pursuit of the good, the beautiful, and the true will lead one to God. It's no surprise that our faithless western world is assailing each path to the transcendent.
Good Citizen, I commented earlier, but after turning off my computer, I just have to come back in and add how much I enjoy your writing and ability to capture reality in a way few others can. I wish I could meet you in person and embrace you. You are a gem, even in this virtual way that we communicate. Love to you.
I'm so ignorant of today's culture (deliberately so) I don't know how to take photos on my old flip phone or transfer them to my computer, nor do I recognize most of the names of 'celebrities' on my news feed. I'm astonished and appalled at how low our culture has sunk and I miss Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day and cleanliness and decency. Thank you GC for the excellent article, and for validating me for becoming a recluse.