How much monetary and political power goes into a mere click? The online monopoly triad of corporations, Facebook, Amazon, and Google present us with this major paradox of the internet: a source for decentralized power has now become majorly centralized through the influence these corporations have especially in the realm of commerce, advertising, and our clicks.
Interesting associations begin to take place when observing the connections between commerce, advertising, and privacy—the more they know about us, the less we know about them, and the more we seem to buy. A collective digital consciousness of our data footprint and metadata is needed and can be achieved through increased digital literacy, a healthy internet, and alternatives to existing business models.
The Futures of Fashion, Food & Sex
Let’s talk about sex (and fashion and food). The lack of ethicality, high consumption and hyper-capitalistic tendencies in fast food, fast fashion, and porn all call for a redesign of desires.
We need to seriously question the act of consumption, our own habits regarding it, and the inevitable continual fetishization of it, particularly within emerging economies over the next seven years. What do routine behaviors such as dressing, eating, and having sex look like in a post-capitalist 2025?
The Futures of the Planet, Power and Reality
Dreams and dreaming makes us human, but what is it that we dream of? More importantly, why?
Let’s challenge our collective dreams and the dominant narratives surrounding them. Let’s not only dream of going beyond the limits that our political systems place, but work to change these limits and push for new systems of policy making and politics globally. Planetary thought and action is desperately needed with the onset of climate change and ever-rising threat to our oceans—political problems that are far from natural (disasters) and are very much man-made. It’s high time that we ditch the dream of escaping to colonize other planets in outer space and focus on saving our own.
Dreams often place us in realities outside of our own real realities. However, it is equally important to be aware of the real reality that surrounds us just as it is to be conscious of how our dreams come to be. Today’s real reality consists of a lot of imagination and hyper normal reality at play when it comes to CGI, completely shifting what constituted the “real” in real reality. What should constitute our dream and future real reality? And can sci-fi finally move beyond asking if android dream of electric sheep and ask better, more relevant questions?