Franzen: "the same problem everywhere"

From Jonathan Franzen Freedom, 2010: Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

Because it's the same problem everywhere. It's like the internet, or cable TV — there's never any center, there's no communal agreement, there's just a trillion little bits of distracting noise. We can never sit down and have any kind of sustained conversation, it's all just cheap trash and shitty development. All the real things, the authentic things, the honest things are dying off.

2 thoughts on “Franzen: "the same problem everywhere"”

  1. If it’s any consolation, T.S. Eliot said something similar in “Choruses from the Rock“ (1934)…
    “Where is the Life we have lost in living?
    Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
    This brings to mind a phrase I like — “dangling conversations” — but I can’t remember whether it’s from an Eliot poem studied long ago or from some song.

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