how people use to imagine the future:
how people now imagine the future:
this actually says so much about society
You guys, these images were probably both made during the last five years.
Look at the top image (which is really just a collage of a bunch of different images). Note the inclusion of the Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2009, barely four years ago.
If anything, the bottom image may have been created before the first. There’s no evidence I can see to suggest it wasn’t.
Look up some architecture blogs, or read or watch some design fiction. There are plenty of people still dreaming of, hoping for, and working toward a better, and better-looking, future.
Drop your cynicism. It’s not sexy, it’s not wise, what it is is short-sighted and damned annoying.
I Really don’t think the picture was meant to be taken as a LITERAL image from past future imaginings, though why they didn’t just go find this picture
I’ll never know.
The point is this: Look at popular images of the future from the 1950’s and 60’s. Now look at popular images of the future from the 1980’s up to Today.
THERE IS A MARKED DIFFERENCE.
And it MATTERS. It MATTERS, because the images we have of the Future shape what we see as possible, likely, and even Inevitable. If Anything, the original poster is telling EVERYONE ELSE to reign in the cynicism.
But I’ve already discussed this: http://thebreakingtime.typepad.com/the_breaking_time/2012/08/zombies-mutants-cyborgs-and-aliens-fight-for-the-future.html