I read this recently and it got me thinking: It’s from Ted Gioia’s article, “14 Warning Signs That You Are Living in a Society Without a Counterculture.” It doesn’t seem true at first. Even though you could argue that mainstream culture is full of imitation, it's not necessarily
At 75 I am in the baby boom and I was in the counter culture. Lets just say from 1965 to 1985. The counter culture was driven by the Vietnam war. Reciprocal to the war was the peace witness inspired by the Quakers. During this same period, instances of cheap real estate and low cost apartments and free places to live existed. Also developing the skills needed for living a counter culture life were helped along by, unemployment insurance. Unemployment irregularly functioned as a cost of living help when I went back to junior college to study film and sewing.
The valuable and durable things of the counter culture decades are the peace witness and parallel teachings leading to the development of integrity and friend spirited relationships.
bro needs to read the society of the spectacle asap
Cultural think pieces, I think, stand in inverse correlation to the vibrancy of a counter culture. They often seem to me to indicate that the author is mourning their lack of ability to participate in a prevailing current creatively, so they do so analytically. Our methods for distributing ideas increasingly optimizes for receptive talents rather than creative ones.