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2016: Donald Trump ushers in the Anti-Future Age

My piece on how future-tech backlash helped elect Trump is now up on the Dark Mountain site.

“While Trump was trashing or ignoring the techno standard bearers, his opponents were eagerly deploying slick social media and analytics technologies and kowtowing to the new gods of so-called innovation.” Read the rest here!

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Two New Articles About the Future

Hello all, in celebration of Back to the Future Day/Month/Year, here are two new articles I’ve written about different aspects of the future.

At TruthDig, my thoughts on nostalgia for a future that never existed but we can’t seem to give up. READ IT HERE.

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Meanwhile, over at LitHub.com, I’ve written a piece about how we’re in the 45th year of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

We Embraced the Future and
It Nearly Killed Us

Forty-Five Years Later We’re Still Suffering from Future Shock READ IT HERE.

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From Selfie to Overshare

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Check out my article on the evolution of peep culture.

Why the selfie boom takes oversharing a step too far

The Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2013 is “selfie.” Great, you’re thinking, time for the equivalent of a cyber shrug: quick break from work spent googling the suddenly ubiquitous lists of “Seattle selfies of the year,” “top celebrity selfies” and “selfie dos and don’ts.” Even five years ago, these kinds of pronouncements seemed far more revealing. In 2008 Websters Dictionary gave “overshare” word-of-the-year status. It is, they gushed, “a verb and a noun” and “a new word for an old habit made astonishingly easy by modern technology.”

Read the rest in the Globe and Mail here…

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Are You Ready to Embrace the Apocalypse? – Piece by Hal in The Guardian

Hey all, I’ve got a piece online at TheGuardian.com about embracing the apocalyptic future. Please give it a read and let me know what you think!

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Here’s the first little bit of it…

This weekend the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire will be home to Uncivilisation 2013, which describes itself as “a gathering of people searching for answers to questions about our collective future in a rapidly changing and depleting world”. At Uncivilisation about 400 people are expected to attend sessions including a wild-food foraging workshop, a talk on moving beyond a monetary-based economy, and a ceremony of singers and storytellers leading the group in a “liturgy of loss”.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. I’ve got two daughters. The youngest turned two this spring, an occasion that gave me the opportunity to carve out the mental space to start a new writing project and reflect on what the world is going to look like in 40 years, when she’s my age.