Friday, May 18, 2012

I ran across "The Gonzo Futurist Manifesto" via one of those odd stumbles that happen on the web while digging for something completely different.  Normally I would shy away from anything with the "gonzo" label on it.  One guy did gonzo, and he's dead.  But I'm glad I made an exception this time.  Justin Pickard looks like an interesting guy.

It's thought-provoking and worth your time as we continue to tip-toe along the edge of the plunge into What Comes Next...

From The Gonzo Futurist:

...In 2012, then, things reach a head. The world spins faster, accruing whole orders of complexity as the American Empire crumbles into a decidedly more interesting new world order. After twenty, fifty, or five-hundred years of globalisation (depending), we stumble across the threshold of (dis)integration, watch the Mayans emerge from their hole in the sky, and find out what we’ve won: transcendence or oblivion.

Well, that’s the scheduled broadcast. The looming reality is a lot less binary. In postnormal times, the world has both centrifugal and centripetal tendencies: transcendence and collapse; integration and fragmentation. History didn’t end with Fukuyama. Collapse contains the fractal seeds of transcendence. Things come together as they fall apart. Ours is not the flat world of Thomas Friedman, but the ‘unevenly-distributed’ future of William Gibson. It has contours...

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David said...
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David said...

Okay, so we all look like Cargo Cultists if one has an open mind.

Isn't that what Keynesian "economics" really is, at the end of the day? If you build aggregate demand, aggregate supply will come?

In a striking parallel, just as Cargo Cultists believed building things that simply resembled radios, airplanes, and such would suffice to attract more "cargo," our dominant economics tradition informs practitioners that "Demand" is homogeneous, it's content unimportant to their convoluted econometrics equations.

What else might we expect when most people have no idea how works the technology they use every day. Ignorant teens hammer the keys of cell phones texting, oblivious to the impossibly complex process that brings such marvels to their hands. To most people, such is indistinguishable from magic, is it not?

When social mood is high people call processes they don't understand "science," and when social mood is low, it's magic, but the truth is that it's ALWAYS magic and that's why the con artists who rule human societies are so successful.

A dark age awaits.