‘I Double Dare You’: BARBENHEIMER as Metamodern Pheno-meme-non

Much has been made of the Barbenheimer phenomenon by culture pundits. Today I’m going to make a little more of it, putting forth the claim that Barbenheimer is, overall, a metamodern meme. I’ll explain how the act of grouping the Barbie movie (dir. Greta Gerwig, Warner Bros.) into a double feature with Oppenheimer (dir. Christopher Nolan, Universal Studios) illuminates some of the dominant characteristics of what we call the metamodern sensibility. 

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