Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
And I think The Soft Bulletin has this in it as well. There’s this idea that you’re pushing ahead in your life as curious as ever, and I think you get to a point in your life where you’re starting to say, ‘Ooh, I think we’re—’ It’s like coming up on a bad accident, y’know, ‘I think we’re gonna see some stuff that we don’t want to see, but we don’t have a choice. And we have to go.’