[FoRK] Where the F&@# is my flying car?
Malcolm Greenshields <
greenshields at uleth.ca
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Mon Sep 11 11:50:08 PDT 2006
Brian Atkins wrote:
> Malcolm Greenshields wrote:
>> Brian Atkins wrote:
>>> Malcolm Greenshields wrote:
>>>> What happened? In elementary school the 50's, we were all promised
>>>> flying cars in the *FUTURE*, along with completely robotic kitchens
>>>> (when we didn't want to eat meals available in a single pill), and
>>>> we were going to have so much leisure that we would all be swanning
>>>> about, thinking of and doing "higher things."
>>> Blame yourself for buying into corporate propaganda. It was mostly
>>> consumer-oriented companies like GM that output those crap ideas:
>>> This was not any kind of serious, even semi-scientific attempt to
>>> really figure out potential timelines for future developments. It
>>> was some marketing guys sitting around a room coming up with things
>>> they thought housewives of the 50s would think sounded cool, and
>>> they hoped would reflect back on their company to help sell some
>>> cars with fins.
>> I'm not sure that blaming eight-year-olds is quite fair. Nobody
>> really believed it anyway. It was just American TV, and it helped us
>> to develop a sense of irony and skepticism, the spirit in which my
>> last mail was written.
> Sure sure, I left off what should have gone at the end of my message,
> which is that there is a converse to believing the hype which is
> becoming such a skeptic of hype that it becomes cool to ironically
> knock everything, even in cases where the hype may be warranted.
I have found hype warranted only in love. You conflate skepticism and
cynicism. The first is a necessary rational exercise, the second a lazy
intellect. In any event, the mistakenly earnest generally do far more
damage than those who take themselves less seriously.
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