The end of sex * The end of power * The end of money * The end of war *
“One could dismiss this proliferation of ‘The End’ as a plea for attention by publishers, magazine editors, authors, bloggers, TED talkers and the rest of the ideas industry — a marketing device signaling little more than the end of imagination,” writes Washington Post Outlook editor Carlos Lozada. (He’s also keeper of the Things We Do Not Say list.)
But it is more than that. “The end of” is also the perfect headline for our age. It fits a moment that fetishizes disruption over stability. It grabs an audience enamored of what is next, not what is here. It suits a public debate in which extreme positions are requisite starting points.