Sci-fi author William Gibson: how 'future fatigue' is putting people off the 22nd century

theconversation.com

Gibson thinks that during his lifetime the future “has been a cult, if not a religion”. His whole generation was seized by “postalgia”. This is a tendency to dwell on romantic, idealised visions of the future. Rather than imagining the past as an ideal time (as nostalgics do), postalgics think the future will be perfect. 

However, we have grown weary of an obsession with romantic and dystopian visions of the future. Instead, our focus is on now.International attitude surveys have found that most Americans rarely think about the future and only a few think about the distant future. When they are forced to think about it, they don’t like what they see

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