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Pessimistic but cool

Posted on | October 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

Douglas Coupland has put together a 45 point survival list for the current environment.

I wonder how we might take this list and apply it to what we are teaching at University today?

Get a look at the entire list.

A few of my favorites.

14) Something smarter than us is going to emerge

Thank you, algorithms and cloud computing.

31) The built world will continue looking more and more like Microsoft packaging

“We were flying over Phoenix, and it looked like the crumpled-up packaging from a 2006 MS Digital Image Suite.”

37) People will stop caring how they appear to others

The number of tribal categories one can belong to will become infinite. To use a high-school analogy, 40 years ago you had jocks and nerds. Nowadays, there are Goths, emos, punks, metal-heads, geeks and so forth.

I found this on www.globeandmail.com and Tuesday is a great day to listen to CBC!

Douglas Coupland is a writer and artist based in Vancouver, where he will deliver the first of five CBC Massey Lectures – a ‘novel in five hours’ about the future – on Tuesday.

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2 Responses to “Pessimistic but cool”

  1. Jonathan Slater
    October 17th, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    Douglas Coupland’s recent biography of Marshall Mcluhan is also worth a read. It’s part of Oxford’s Great Canadian series.

  2. Kalin
    January 5th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Superb inforatmion here, ol’e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.

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