I think with that generation, so many of their hopes have been so dashed that nihilism is really a natural response.
Or better, and to speak like Nietzsche, art with a hammer that practices, and then reverses and reevaluates, nihilism.
It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.
To understand better the nihilism of Thiessen's thinking, I must now quote his column at greater length.
Journey to the End of the Night does not offer readers much more than nihilism as a response to a detestable world.
The very faults which nihilism seeks to remedy are kept alive by its existence.
A period of reaction has set in: Despotism and nihilism meet face to face.
But his liberalism is not in the least akin to nihilism or Anarchism.
nihilism was not to be rooted out by the removal of any particular set of men.
You prate of stultifying yourself by taking the oath of nihilism, and repudiating your word to Alexander.
1817, "the doctrine of negation" (in reference to religion or morals), from German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil "nothing at all" (see nil), coined by German philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819). In philosophy, an extreme form of skepticism (1836). The political sense was first used by German journalist Joseph von Görres (1776-1848). Turgenev used the Russian form of the word (nigilizm) in "Fathers and Children" (1862) and claimed to have invented it. With a capital N-, it refers to the Russian revolutionary anarchism of the period 1860-1917, supposedly so called because "nothing" that then existed found favor in their eyes.
nihilism ni·hil·ism (nī'ə-lĭz'əm, nē'-)
The belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement.
A delusion, experienced in some mental disorders, that the world or one's mind, body, or self does not exist.