About PostCulture

What is a Dave?

Dave Zucker is a writer and thinks far too much. Like way too much.

He currently lives outside of New York City and enjoys cooking, cats, not cooking cats, Star Wars, and the trapeze, apparently. Primarily, though, he enjoys taking a highly analytical look at popular culture and dissecting it well past the point where normal people would stop having fun.

This leads to some rather interesting places.

What is PostCulture?

PostCulture is the terminology Dave Zucker developed to describe the fluid, evolving nature of globalized, socially networked society in the time following Postmodernism.

Whereas Postmodernism was based out of reaction against Modernism, and characterized by self-awareness, pathos, irony, and subtext, Post-Postmodernism is a reaction to that. When irony and subtle meaning is expected, but simplicity and directness (be it genuine or duplicitous) is delivered, that is Post-Postmodern.

In coming to expect a hidden meaning in everything, Culture turns into PostCulture. It is no longer enough to appear impressive, or smart, or sexy, one must now appear to be those things in such a way tht when others deconstruct those airs and behaviors they appear natural and earnest, rather than artificial, petty, or–sin of sins in a world of chameleons–ulterior.

We are a nation of Hannibal Lechters and Patrick Batemans, but we are also all Clarice Starlings. We build our own naratives while we see through others'. Like these mad geniuses, we devote inordinate amounts of time to strategizing and playing out our opponents' moves far in advance, to the point that it becomes second nature. We expect this of others and it becomes normal.

This has consequently affected every aspect of popular culture, from the upswing in "gritty" reboots and a sudden resurgence of fairytale and fantasy media, to the hip obsession with "authenticity."

Basically, it's like the sigularity but for irony.

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