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Keen On… Bruce Sterling: What Comes After the Future? (TCTV)

March 18th, 2011 03:20 admin View Comments

So what comes after the future? I asked Bruce Sterling at SXSW.

But, for Bruce, the future is really the past. “I like narratives,” he told me, while explaining why the most “effective” futurists are good historians. So perhaps, using this logic, what comes after the future is history.

And Bruce is certainly an effective futurist as well as a good historian. Which is why when I asked him about today’s Internet obsession with “the social,” he riffed with dark euphoria about the history of socialism as well as what it’s like to be a 15-year-old kid with no knowledge of the past.

Check out yesterday’s interview with Bruce when he explains why hactivism isn’t compatible with democracy and what the difference is between gothic high tech and favela chic.

What Comes After the Future

“The Social”

Source: Keen On… Bruce Sterling: What Comes After the Future? (TCTV)

Keen On… Bruce Sterling: “Network Society Isn’t Compatible With Democracy” (TCTV)

March 17th, 2011 03:14 admin View Comments

Appropriately, Bruce Sterling closed SXSW this year. It’s appropriate because after Bruce, there really isn’t much to say. He’s just about the smartest and funniest historical science fictional writer in the business. And the edgiest too – even though he’s built a professorial façade to disguise the punk in him.

So it was a huge honor to catch the darkly euphoric Bruce in Austin where he talked to me about his upcoming new book Gothic High Tech and Favella Chic, on why “hactivism” isn’t democracy and why he finds Sarah Palin “super interesting.”

And stay tuned for tomorrow when Bruce tells us what comes after the future.

Gothic high tech and favela chic

Has hacking become old fashioned?

Why “hacktivism” isn’t democracy

Source: Keen On… Bruce Sterling: “Network Society Isn’t Compatible With Democracy” (TCTV)

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