The Null Device

An interesting comment on Plastic, speculating on how a war would affect popular culture. Basically, during war, escapism and propaganda become dominant, with dystopian sci-fi/serial-killer films and gothic rap-metal likely to be replaced with feel-good light comedies and syrupy torch songs, alternating with rousingly black-and-white propaganda and stirring patriotic anthems (picture Celine Dion singing God Bless America across the airwaves on heavy rotation; yes, I know she's Canadian, but so's most of the US entertainment industry), and anything edgy and uneasy would not be well received (does this mean that Radiohead's career will come to an end?). In short, the Top 40 of tomorrow will be your grandkids' ironic retro kitsch.

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