This blog post is actually an announcement….I’ve started a new chapter and a new blog, and I am calling it “Consuming Culture”.
Here is a sneak peak with a link to the official new page and the the full article below. I hope you will join me on my new adventure and be among the first to subscribe. Cheers and happy reading!
Today I was wrapping up work on a Scenario Planning project. Scenario planning is basically a social science-based business exercise where we look at critical, big-sociological uncertainties (l technology, geopolitics and economic equality) and create a selection of potential future-world scenarios based on how those uncertainties pan out and intersect. In more plain english – we take our best guess at what a few pictures of life in the future might look like based on how all those factors pan out.
My job at present was taking a look at the “10 years from now” social context and trying to figure out how our needs as consumers might evolve. I also wanted to find some potential fictional examples (or some sort of “way out there” example of a product or pop culture phenomenon that exists today) that my clients could could look at or click on to spark their imagination. Given that the majority of the scenarios I am working with are varying degrees of dystopian and seemingly Sci-Fi esque, I had quite the task ahead of me.
So I thought.
Suffice that say that I was convinced I was going to hours, if not days on end creatively google-searching my way into obscure scifi-examples, or just find as many Hunger Games video clips, screen shots and fanfic videos as possible. The truth was even more mentally unhinging. In less than an hour, I had enough present-day examples of products for a scary future that I found myself feeling a little frightened.
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2 thoughts on “Is A Dystopian Consumer Future Already Here?”
Congrats on the new adventure, and love the look of the new site. One technical question–is this the closure of your blog here, or is the new site an addition? Just wondering when it comes time to revising my Anthropology Blogs page.
Hi, Jason! Thank for asking! This one will remain up but i will be devoting all new efforts to th new blog. I may repost some “best of” content from this site there at some point but Inwould consider Consuming Culture to be the replacement.