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Monday's post asked why everything is getting old, and included the example of movies and music. Reader Jonathan Shafter suggests a framing I hadn't thought of:

Mass scale stars are hard to manufacture anymore because the media landscape for new stars is so fragmented. Music is no longer a handful of radio stations but the infinity of the internet. TV is no longer 3 networks but a billion streaming distributors. Movies outside of big tentpole franchises like Marvel barely exist anymore as a relevant cultural force. The old stars created at the end of the prior era persist and have additional scarcity value because they just ain't making them anymore.

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