Douglas Couplands Glossary of New Terms & A Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next 10 Years

10.10.2010 Misc #Futurism

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Neulich hatte ich hier Douglas Couplands Mental States for the 21st Century gebloggt, jetzt hat er für die Globe and Mail zwei superunterhaltsame Artikel geschrieben: A glossary of new terms for a messed-up future

Deselfing
Willingly diluting one's sense of self and ego by plastering the Internet with as much information as possible.

Undeselfing (a.k.a. Reselfing)
The attempt, usually frantic and futile, to reverse the deselfing process.

Next-Flight-Homers
People who click on the Internet but not in real life when they go to meet their hookup at an airport cocktail lounge; to be contrasted with Room Getters, people who click both on the Internet and in real life.

… und A Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next 10 Years.

1) It's going to get worse
No silver linings and no lemonade. The elevator only goes down. The bright note is that the elevator will, at some point, stop.

2) The future isn't going to feel futuristic
It's simply going to feel weird and out-of-control-ish, the way it does now, because too many things are changing too quickly. The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn't feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.

3) The future is going to happen no matter what we do. The future will feel even faster than it does now
The next sets of triumphing technologies are going to happen, no matter who invents them or where or how. Not that technology alone dictates the future, but in the end it always leaves its mark. The only unknown factor is the pace at which new technologies will appear. This technological determinism, with its sense of constantly awaiting a new era-changing technology every day, is one of the hallmarks of the next decade.

4)Move to Vancouver, San Diego, Shannon or Liverpool
There'll be just as much freaky extreme weather in these west-coast cities, but at least the west coasts won't be broiling hot and cryogenically cold.

(via MeFi)