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Related to De Anander's diary, in a way, I found this column by Michael Chabon moving. I didn't live through this period of technooptimism personally, although as a kid I did spend a lot of time in the library looking at books on the stars, forms of space travel etc. So I can relate.

Back to the column, this quote is great:

The Sex Pistols, strictly speaking, were right: there is no future, for you or for me. The future, by definition, does not exist. "The Future," whether you capitalize it or not, is always just an idea, a proposal, a scenario, a sketch for a mad contraption that may or may not work. "The Future" is a story we tell, a narrative of hope, dread or wonder. And it's a story that, for a while now, we've been pretty much living without.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 03:22:02 PM EST
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(cough) link here
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 03:23:18 PM EST
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That's a moving essay and it's interesting how closely it mirrors my own sentiments, giving me that eerie feeling of "not being as totally out of step with the culture as I thought I was."  Thanks for the link...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Sun Oct 15th, 2006 at 02:01:26 AM EST
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