Todd VanDerWerff, a cultural critic and journalist, says (somewhat unsurprisingly) that we need cultural critics and journalists, a group of writers that have been let go from numerous media outlets over the past few years as all media coverage is gradually sucked into the Trump Singularity.
I’m of two minds on this one: 1. It’s hard to disagree that culture writing is critical to understanding who we are in this time and place. Our problems are, after all, always cultural problems at root. 2. On the other hand, it’s not as if we’re talking about Pauline Kael or Sigfried Kracauer losing their jobs here. A great deal of culture writing really is filler. Drawing comparisons between recent think pieces about pop cultural products and Kracauer’s work on German expressionist cinema and Nazism, might not make the case VanDerWerff intends. So, what do y’all think?