The rumors, of course, were squashed almost as fast as they started, and major news outlets promptly began posting stories that put the rumors to rest. “I suppose I could theoretically turn this into some dark commentary about the Internet,” he writes. Instead, he took the whole episode at face-value, quipping simply that: “It's just something that happened (and it just so happens that it happened to me). Life is crazy.” While his response may seem less analytical than one would expect from a social satirist, perhaps it is everyone else that is over-analysing. When it comes down to it, as Klosterman explains, nothing really happened, and the whole event turned out to be one big coincidence. Further, Klosterman has frequently made the argument that the way we consume the media surrounding us defines who we are as people. As the author of books such as Killing Yourself to Live and The Visible Man, Klosterman is well-seasoned in the art of humorously and intelligently dissecting pop culture. His speeches expands on the material covered in his books, and he teaches us how pop culture shapes our lives and how little connections (like the speculative link between his column and a national security issue) make life ultimately more fascinating.
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