Archive for the ‘Critical Futurology’ Category

The new year has arrived and change is in the air. To kick things off, let’s take a moment to imagine what we can look forward to:

  • A broad shift toward center-left socio-political values
    After George W. Bush took office in 2000, we saw a societal shift toward right and far right values. We can expect a similar shift back to a more comfortable center-left after Barack Obama takes office on January 20. The hopes of many core Obama campaign activists for a full shift to left and (more…)

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In a previous post, I put forward a theory that the U.S. stopped — or simply forgot — to continue evolving the vision for its future and the vacuum left by this negligence is slowly being filled with theocratic thinking and values (I really would love some comments on that post). Since writing that post, I’ve been thinking about a concept that is steadily growing in its popularity and looks like a contender for the United States’ (and/or the world’s) vision for the future — Carbon Neutrality.

The growth in the number of agents (corporations, colleges, cities, states, organizations, spokespeople, etc.) promoting this concept gives me some hope that our humanity may avoid the tragic consequences of inaction in the face of drastic climate change. It also, however, leaves me suspicious about how these various agents — particularly the profit-driven ones — will use Carbon Neutrality to “green wash” their other actions that harm the environment. (more…)

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In his recent book, Imaginary Futures, Richard Barbrook describes how “imaginary futures” were promoted by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War (1947-1991) to describe their vision for the future in attempts to gain influence and allies around the world. An “imaginary future” was (and still is) a description of how things “will be” under a given power’s social system. Barbrook documents this Cold War competition for the imaginary future. Reading his book left this reader asking, “What is the imaginary future of the United States of today?” (more…)

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