Dan W

Retreat Into The Future

A few weeks ago Justin Pickard linked me to Jonathan Meades’ Remember The Future. I’ve just gotten around to watching it.

It’s a sort of spoken essay about the techno-utopian vision of the future from the 60s & 70s. An appropriate companion to Playful 2011 which was full of men raised in the 60s & 70s disappointed that their promised future didn’t happen.

Which reminds me of John Gruber’s complaints about technology concept videos:

I’m not arguing that making concept videos directly leads to a lack of traction in the current market. I’m arguing that making concept videos is a sign of a company that has a lack of institutional focus on the present and near-present. Can you imagine a sports team in the midst of a present-day losing season that makes a video imagining a future championship 10 years out?

More Retreat Into The Future than Occupy The Future

Nov 6th, 2011