Peak Everything: More Things We Are Running Out Of
portion of cover of Peak Everything by Richard Heinberg
We have used the peak word to describe a lot of things, in fact eight of them in a roundup and more recently, Peak Sand. David Adam at the Guardian mixes his memes and asks Has peak theory reached its tipping point? which is much like jumping the shark or nuking the fridge. But he lists a few peaks we missed:
Peak gold Earlier this month, Aaron Regent, president of the Canadian gold company Barrick Gold, reportedly warned there was a strong case that the world was already at peak gold. Global output has fallen steadily since 2000 and, Regent said, it was becoming harder and harder to find ore.
Peak rock music Most of the good musical ideas really have been used up. Last year, popular culture blog Overthinking It analysed Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 songs of all time, and found that rock music peaked in the late 1960s. "It would seem that, like oil, the supply of great musical ideas is finite. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Motown greats and other genre innovators quickly extracted the best their respective genres had to offer, leaving little supply for future musicians."
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