As varied as high-tech visions are, they make the same three basic claims about the future. First, high-tech advances will make the United States - and, later, the entire world - healthier, happier, more efficient, more productive, and more democratic. … [Second, they] dwarf in impact all prior technological advances in their extraordinary degree and speed of transformation. … Third, comparisons with all prior technological revolutions can therefore be ignored … history no longer matters. … It is so seductive, if so simplistic, to assume that high tech transforms everything in its path and that the twenty-first century will therefore reflect the globalization of culture as well as technology. Yet historians and other scholars of technology know otherwise.
Howard Segal, Technological Utopianism in American Culture, p. 173
It’s Meta Monday!
You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.
When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials arent’ buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)
Every time someone says we’re a lazy and entitled generation I’m going to show them this
They should be happy most of us haven’t moved to the moon yet
That actually sounds like a good idea at this point
[GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART, GOODNIGHT]
Goodnight, Sweetheart, goodnight —
The stars are shining bright,
The snow is turning white,
Dim is the failing light,
Fast falls the glooming night, —