Nothing has changed in the last 20 years
There’s an interesting article in Vanity Fair about the lack of cultural change in the last 20 years compared to the previous century. I wouldn’t say that it has stopped, but it definitely feels like it has slowed down.
It’s hard to be sure though; these are things that are not easily measured. There is no unit of innovation and there is no meter to check its level on. It’s also true to say that all culture copies and steals from the things that have come before. For me, what seems to be happening is that this kind of copying is becoming the primary method of creativity.
It’s also true that the web has brought us closer together as a global community and has caused a great deal of homogenisation.
If we are stuck in a cultural rut, what could bring us out of it?