Monoculture: the compression and collapse of cultural challenge

Everything in our culture—every social media algorithm, every corporate ad buy, every “poptimist” influencer—wants us to narrow the possibilities of art. To make our culture smaller and smaller, and thus easier to control and profit from. Art with any value, that pushes us toward new experiences and new ways of seeing the world, is always a struggle against the odds.

— Lincoln Michel (Counter Culture)


This is the indulgence of monoculture. There are no challenges here. There are no edges. Everything is soft and that’s very bad.

— Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick (The Trend Report)

See also: Article pairing: the monotony of modern culture

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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