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Is the East Red?

07 Oct
Is the East Red?

The future does indeed look bleak, but there is the Trump Factor: if the populist uprising which led to his election can be sustained, it can counter the influence of the millennials, and at least prevent the worst of them from attaining political power, if not socioeconomic power in general.

Interesting times ahead, as per the old Chinese curse…

Uncouth Reflections

Fenster writes:

I am not sure the Facebook like button is yet a threat to democracy but I do think there is something to this engineer’s concerns.  I don’t like the intentionally addictive quality of some social media.  It is possible that shortened attention spans may result and that on balance is not going to be a good thing for deliberative democracy.  You can’t do democracy effectively with Twitter’s 140 character limit.

I am much more bothered by technology’s centralizing tendencies overall.  When Apple did its famous 1984 ad, it was still possible with a straight face to hold up technology companies as engines of personal liberation.  Since then it has been a coin toss as to whether technology will break in the direction of autonomy or control, and it seems pretty clear to me that it is breaking in the latter direction.  The near future of such things…

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6 Comments

Posted by on October 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “Is the East Red?

  1. Socially Extinct

    October 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Unfortunately it seems that the pace and evolution of digital & cyber technology has merely represented man’s “condensing” and self-enveloping nature. Man’s field of vision, the grandeur of his scope, shrinks in rhythm with his population and wealth. Technology once promised we could break free, but our baser nature won out and we’ve only harnessed technology to accelerate our foibles.

     
  2. realgaryseven

    October 8, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Millennials are unable to function socially. However, the following generation, Generation Z, is more right wing than any previous generation in my lifetime (obviously, I’m generalizing). If your parents are tattooed and pierced and your grandparents were hippies how do you rebel against that? By straightening up and moving to the right. Generation Z is showing every indication of doing just that. Millennials are a lost cause. Focus on their kids (the ones that bothered to reproduce).

     
    • Will S.

      October 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      It will be interesting times!

       

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