BIG THOUGHTS HERE
Full-scale 20th-century Futurism and Our Obsessive Futurology aren’t quite the same thing, but still, I can’t resist this opportunity to remind folks of one of my more theoretical Songbook posts, one that talks about that old Futurist Hope in musical terms, and which features a killer title:
“When the Future’s Over, Turn Out the Lights”
The post responds to Simon Reynold’s Retromania, especially where he says this:
Just as the past has lost its lost-ness through digiculture’s total access, similarly the future…no longer has the charge it once did. …[my read] confirms William Gibson’s take on the young generation: they’re not the least bit interested in the capital “f” Future, barely ever think about it. The urge to escape the here-and-now, the bland suburban everyday, is as strong as ever, but it’s satisfied through fantasy… or digital technology.
Props for working in the phrase “serenity now”.
thanks on s. n.
“serenity now” of course being a tagline for those who wanted to save firefly. Those brave few whose Epicureanism revolved around an obsessive futurology.
You guys might have heard of firefly or Joss Whedon from watching the Big Bang Theory…
Also Carl Scott…that seems right. Of course depending on your fantasy, or fan fiction, a lot of what is put forward as capital “f” Future is political science fiction. i.e. the back story or “History” on firefly, that describes how we got to the China/U.S. “Alliance.”
That is Capital “f” Future is also Capital “h” History, where you are starting from a fictional future(copyright, i.e. firefly) and working backwards in plot-line to discover what could synergistically enable such an outcome.
Ironically it is not all that different from starting at your fictional conception of the UHS and working backwards. So China and the U.S. they really don’t want to sign this Kyoto agreement. So they prefer technological solutions to “global warming”…or perhaps space exploration/terraforming, maybe a Salter’s Sink?
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