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Chuck Klosterman: 'The only TV people watch to unwind still is sports'

7 June 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The critic has written a new book which imagines the way present-day culture will be regarded in the future. Simon Reynolds talks to him about whether TV will go extinct, why Graham Parker fell from favour, and who is today’s Kafka

Simon Reynolds: Your new book But What If We’re Wrong? is a series of thought experiments that try to “think about the present as if it were the past”. The concept really speaks to me as a fan of science fiction, but also as someone fascinated by discredited knowledge: things like the late 18th-century belief that infantile masturbation was a terrible, health-damaging problem that required drastic preventive measures, or the 19th-century pseudoscience of phrenology, using skull measurements to assess the character of people, their criminal tendencies … What led you to this subject – the precariousness of human knowledge, the disquieting thought that most of what we feel »

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