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Monday, March 21, 2011


Our generation has seen an influx of new and useful (and some not so useful) technology. But surprisingly, it seems to me like the more advancements we (society) makes, the more people are longing for the past. Is it a coincidence that in the world of today where hover cars and jet packs are plausible (but not so pratical), that the vintage trend is so popular?

The 1960s was the era of mod futuristic tendencies and astronauts. But today people are searching antique stores for old furniture and playing the Super Nintendo. Why is it that when the infinite future is ahead of us, people are spending their time rumaging around in the cast-offs of the past? Maybe people are afraid of what the future holds and the technology it could pose. This isn't out of the question, there a lot of evidence of this in books and TV shows. Take all the dystopian future novels like Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Bradbury's Farenheit 451. It's easy to be pessimistic. Whereas the past can seem safe, and easy to navigate. We already know what's happened in it, there's nothing there to surprise us unaware.

The technology of the future can be promising though. There's been many advancements for the better of society as well. Break throughs in medicine and further safety in travel and everyday living. Like many things, I think looking at future technology requires a balanced prospect. Things aren't going to be 100% perfect or 100% horrible, we can only hope for a nice middle ground.

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