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How the Logic of Cults Is Taking Over Modern Life

How the Logic of Cults Is Taking Over Modern Life

Update: 2024-05-035
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Several years ago, I told some friends that I had an idea for a second book. It would be called ‘Everything Is a Cult.’ I’d noticed that in an age of declining religiosity, capitalism was filling the god-shaped hole left by the demise of organized religion with companies and services and products that were amassing a cult-like following in media, entertainment, and marketing. I never ended up writing the book. But last week, Sean Illing of ‘The Gray Area’ podcast with Vox asked me to come on his show to talk about my thinking on cults, identity, and the history of news media. Today, we're running that conversation on this feed in a rare example of me getting interviewed on my own show. Enjoy!

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Host: Derek Thompson

Guest: Sean Illing

Producer: Devon Baroldi

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How the Logic of Cults Is Taking Over Modern Life

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