Delve into danger
KEYNOTE // US pop culture theorist Chuck Klosterman asks how tomorrow will make sense of today.
Cultures of the past thought they were doing things ‘right’. But time passes, ideas shift, opinions invert – and now, their ideas seem wrong. How will our current culture hold up? Chuck Klosterman thinks that if we can look back on the present as if it were the distant past, we might be able to see things more clearly. By questioning contemporary certainties – is it possible that we overrate democracy? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? Is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? He encourages a more realistic approach to reasoning: “the best hypothesis is the one that reflexively accepts its potential wrongness to begin with”.
Writer, author and co-creator of Grantland, Chuck Klosterman is one of the most exciting cultural critics of our time. Earning praise from Stephen King (“Writing about pop culture doesn’t get any better than this, or funnier”), he has published eight bestselling nonfiction books, including Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and But What If We’re Wrong?, and two novels. His latest release, Chuck Klosterman X, compiles his best essays from the past decade, with pieces on Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, Charlie Brown, and many more cultural figures and phenomena. His writing can be found in The Washington Post, SPIN, The Onion AV Club and many more publications, and for three years, he served as The Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine. He appeared in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits.