If you’ve been around on the Internet much in the last decade you’ve probably come across this t-shirt. The sentiment it expresses isn’t new, in fact it started to manifest itself in music and literature about 30 years ago. An entire generation has grown up with this now, a feeling that somehow we’ve been cheated out of a world that could have been.
If you’ve been annoyed recently by the fact that cool kids are running around dressed like your grandmother you may want to look into the concept of Atemporality. If you’ve been moaning that nothing new happens in art anymore perhaps The New Aesthetic is something you should be looking into.
With more people running into this meme all the time it’s going to be around for a while yet. But for your own sanity, consider letting dead futures lie. Or if you think sanity is overrated, you might want to start asking yourself some new questions…
Where is my global energy-backed p2p currency? Where is my space habitat vacation & cheap sub-orbital flights? Where is my post-agile intelligent democracy? Where is my equitable distribution of the future?