Today, since I don’t have an update for you, I have a discussion question, and I’d like to hear your opinions in the comments.
By the way, there’s one rule for comments here and that is that while you can respectfully disagree with anything, please do not attack other commenters. We’re just not going to get into that here, and those comments will not be approved. One helpful guideline: You will probably not have to use the word “Trump.”
So here’s the discussion thesis: Until now, the Bible, the Iliad and Odyssey, Greek myths and the like constitute our cultural stories; the bedrock myths and parables and yarns that everyone knows and we use to illustrate social and moral situations.
Given that, by and large, no one reads serious books anymore, the state of education is… what it is… people are increasingly unable to pay attention to anything for more than a few seconds, serious works of culture are being consumed by a smaller, and distant, elite, our attention is being increasingly fragmented into smaller and smaller bits of images and feelings, and among all this, works of popular culture are becoming more complex, massive in scope and universal, is it true that:
In 50 years, our shared cultural stories will consist of references to Star Wars, Marvel and DC superheroes, and perhaps long-running TV shows like Game of Thrones.