‘The New York Times’ is giving a rare interview with the author of the controversial book on ‘cognitive dissonance’ and the culture wars
Posted On July 16, 2021
The New York Post has published an exclusive interview with The New Yorker’s bestselling author of The Big Picture: Why We Need a New Culture War.
The interview, which covers the period from 2001 to 2015, comes at a time when many media outlets have been scrambling to get a handle on how to deal with the fallout from the book.
The New Yorkers’ piece is a fascinating and timely read that will leave you wondering if there are any new rules for covering the news.
Here are some of the highlights from the interview, as shared by the Post:It’s not about ‘dissonance’It’s about how people in power create narratives that make people believe it’s not possible to change, but that’s what they do, and they’re the ones who create the conditions for it, writes author Tim CavanaughIn a New York Magazine interview published Tuesday, author Tim Smeeding described his own struggle to keep the narrative going as the “dissonant” part of his personality.
In his piece, Smeesting, a writer at the Times and author of a forthcoming book, argues that the media has a tendency to create narratives to make people feel comfortable.
In the interview Smeiding explains that his anxiety has been building for years, and he thinks the culture war is at a turning point:”What I’m finding is a great resistance to change and for people to believe that there are some good things happening in this world.
But the fact of the matter is that we’re having a conversation that is changing, and I don’t think that the conversation is going to get better.”
Smeeding also explains that he has a deep distrust of the media:”I think the media and the Washington establishment have a certain kind of loyalty that I don, I think, have a little bit of.
I don to have to pay them back for the things they’ve done wrong, or for not doing their job.
They’re not there for the benefit of the country, they’re there for their own benefit.
So I think that that’s a really good thing for me to have a problem with.”SMEING, the New Yorker writer, said he was in disbelief as he read the piece.
He told the publication that he doesn’t think there is a better culture war article in print, and that he’s not sure there are.
He also suggested that the mainstream media has been trying to push people into an emotional bubble that has been artificially created for them.
“What they’re trying to do is give people a sense of comfort and a sense that their lives are going to be normal and they can be normal, and it’s a lie,” he said.
“It’s a dangerous thing to do.”