Friday, January 14, 2011

Etewaf: Everything That Ever Was–Available Forever

Kyle Munkittrick explains in his article 'The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us':

"Jean Baudrillard, an impenetrable post-modern French philosopher who lived long enough to see his predictions in Simulacra and Simulation come true, described our current situation as hyper-reality. The present is overloaded with information and everything becomes meta-ironic-underground-mainstream-old-retro-cool faster than we can process. As all the sources of meaning get their wires crossed, the past is mined for the Next Big Thing because we know what worked once before, where as no one has any idea what the future actually holds. Patton Oswalt describes the phenomenon as “Etewaf: Everything That Ever Was–Available Forever.” The past can become new because we didn’t have enough time to understand it’s value the first go around."

Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die | Magazine - Oswalt goes on to describe the Etewaf singularity where pop culture becomes self-aware...



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