Brian Eno recently wrote a nice piece for Prospect Magazine about trends and the way we think about what is “cool”. He suggests that there are now too many styles around, and that due to cultural and technological innovation, they keep mutating too fast to assume any kind of dominance:
We’re living in a stylistic tropics. There’s a whole generation of people able to access almost anything from almost anywhere, and they don’t have the same localised stylistic sense that my generation grew up with. It’s all alive, all “now,” in an ever-expanding present, be it Hildegard of Bingen or a Bollywood soundtrack. The idea that something is uncool because it’s old or foreign has left the collective consciousness.
Read the full Prospect article here.