I Love Andy Warhol

I Love Andy Warhol

he had his "finger on the pulse of the future"

The late, great Andy Warhol published a book in 1975. After I ordered, purchased, and read a copy years later, I was fascinated by the man's insight. Not only was Andy Warhol good at "telling it like it is," he had an amazing knack for being able to "tell it like it will be," too.

Paraphrasing from memory, one point Warhol brought up was "new and improved may be the former, but it is rarely the latter."* He talked about the trend of never being satisfied with anything, and of everything being in a perpetual state of "change." From companies producing and marketing every product under the sun to ways of life, it seems Warhol saw this trend coming long before most average people did. He did not think it was positive, either. There is "change" for the sake of actual improvement, and "change" for the sake of change. I wholeheartedly agree with A.W. that the latter benefits no one-- except those who stand to make money or some other gain from it. However, those who are in the latter category bring up whatever clout they can to try to convince people it is in their best interests. We need only to look back at post-World War 2 communists, referring to themselves as "progressive," to see this fact.  These days, the common saying is "living in the past." 

 

In 1975, A.W. foresaw the consequences of keeping people spinning-in-motion. An interesting quote from http://http://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Andy-Warhol-Back-Again/dp/0156717204 read: "at some point in the future, you will ask someone if they want an orange-- and they will ask 'an orange what?'" It looks like that time in the future is now.