We’re in a cultural second the place it seems like a lot is being rehashed, repackaged, and resold to a captive viewers. That is definitely the case in leisure, the place the Hollywood reboot machine is the driving power behind what makes it to our screens; even “authentic” programming is ceaselessly constructed from acquainted storytelling tropes and codecs. The identical type of recycling — sorry, remixing — holds true in pop music.
This carries over into issues of enterprise and politics with simply as a lot resonance. And on the subject of way of life subjects like weight-reduction plan, parenting, and even intercourse, we wind up circling the drain and repackaging previous traits and concepts as sizzling new fads, too.
What makes newness, or novelty, or originality, so essential within the first place, notably in a society that closely prioritizes particular person consolation and selections? Are we in a uniquely not-new second, or has it truly at all times felt this fashion?
The fallacy of latest concepts, and why we wish them anyway
May we ever actually inform a brand new story a couple of very previous mermaid?
By Alissa Wilkinson
The return of the porn wars
How at the moment’s struggle over pornography is rooted in a 40-year-old feminist schism.
By Constance Grady
From banning hugs to mild parenting, how are you supposed to boost youngsters, anyway?
The countless biking — and recycling — of parenting recommendation.
By Anna North
Crypto: New. Fraud: Outdated.
If you democratize finance, you get the nice and the dangerous.
By Emily Stewart
The billionaire’s information to self-help
Self-improvement is previous. What’s new is the bootstrapping mythos and poisonous positivity of the very wealthy.
By Whizy Kim
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