We’re Maxed Out, You’re Maxed Out, Everybody Is Maxed Out

3/29/2018, 8:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:3)
Society & Culture Technology Arts
<p>This week we're talking about why we're stressed out, why the country is stressed out, and whether anxiety has become a permanent condition. We consider the role technology has played in driving us to this point, from push alerts — so many push alerts — to Twitter to the "algorithmic gaze." Then we come back to culture and focus on a few works that either encapsulate the chaos of 2018 or offer a possible path for moving ahead.</p><p><strong>Discussed This Week:</strong></p><p>“<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbnoG2dsUk0" target="_blank">Pony</a>” (Genuwine) </p><p>“<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6Y6JCu-l4" target="_blank">The Middle</a>” (Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey)</p><p>“<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/magazine/dried-beans-garlic-toast-broth-recipe.html" target="_blank">The Comfort in Stockpiling Dried Beans</a>” (Tejal Rao, The New York Times Magazine)</p><p>“<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/10/style/the-man-who-knew-too-little.html" target="_blank">The Man Who Knew Too Little</a>” (Sam Dolnick, The New York Times)</p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/" target="_blank">Annihilation</a> (Paramount Pictures)</p><p>“<a href="https://us.macmillan.com/series/thesouthernreachtrilogy/" target="_blank">Southern Reach Trilogy</a>” (Jeff VanderMeer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)</p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/" target="_blank">Ready Player One</a> (Warner Bros. Pictures)</p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389072/" target="_blank">Downsizing</a> (Paramount Pictures)</p><p>Angels in America (Tony Kushner)</p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318997/" target="_blank">Angels in America</a> (miniseries; HBO)</p>