This is only the first 1/6ish of the article, which spans three pages found in the link above.
I'm going to begin by saying this is absolutely phenomenal, brilliantly written article, and you should all really sit and read it when you have the chance, given it concerns the very fabric of our cultural existence. It presents an argument detailing, as you've read above, the "stuck," near-paralyzed elements of humanity's cultural makeup in rehashing past decades, outlining very clearly how and why this has happened. This particular argument is one I've theorized silently to myself over the past 1-2 years, and just recently have started sharing with close friends and family: that almost every aspect of contemporary civilization has been stuck in a cycle of historical reptition for the past 20-30 years, and that this year, this decade, perhaps, are pivotal defining moments in the cultural history of our species.
Kurt Andersen concludes his article characterizing the two sides of the near future, one to which the pendulum will swing:
In addition to general discussion about the content of the article itself, my argument is that we - and must - are headed towards bringing about the former, towards igniting a cultural renaissance the likes of which the world hasn't seen since the 14th century. Many of the "doomsday" prophesies of 2012 are argued not as denoting the "end of the world," but rather the "end of the world as we know it," a time when our planet experiences a great rebirth. Could this be a cultural renaissance? Given the tension of the verge, of the near-breaking point we are to overwhelming, world-sweeping newness, I feel this could definitely be the case.
Apologies for the long post, but for a topic such as this one's thoughts and comments should express the gravity of the situation.