Posts Tagged: future

How Will Our Current-Day Literature Be Studied in the Future?

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With so many books winning so many prizes over the years (Nobel this, Pulitzer that), one can’t help but wonder how our generation’s sense of literature might be described in the future. What patterns and obsessions and current trends might be considered as critical to understanding our era? Over at The Huffington Post, read some answers speculating on just […]

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Literature’s Future Is Interactive

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Tech evangelicals believe that static, non-visual storytelling like books must evolve and adapt to continue to attractive audiences in the future. Kill Screen takes a look at some of these new types of literary storytelling, like Madefire’s digital storytelling app that features animation technology, and Tapas Media, which builds games around chapters.

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Buying Homemade Aprons and a Psychic

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Claire Carusillo on the psychics of Etsy: Etsy has 8,694 results (and counting!) for “tarot reading,” 7,650 for “psychic reading,” and 945 for “astrology reading.” The Etsy psychic community conducts its business digitally, sending results over email, video chat, or text message. Psychics and fortune tellers can perform their services as quickly as they would […]

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Weekly Geekery

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Victorians: The original futurists. Can Sony stop the leaks? Can social media stop vitriol and still maintain freedom of speech? Should you go to jail for your Facebook profile? What a podcast teaches us about memory. Wikipedia is becoming as cumbersome as, well, real encyclopedias. Owen Thomas and a career editing for the web.

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Word of the Day: Vaticinate

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(v.);  to prophesy or foretell the future; from the Latin vati– (“seer”) + -cin-, combining form of canere (“to sing, prophesy”) “Louisiana, Louisiana, They’re tryin’ to wash us away. They’re tryin’ to wash us away.” —Randy Newman, from “Louisiana 1927.” Much has been written on the subject of the human race’s fear of the unknown: […]

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Books for the Future

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Margaret Atwood’s next book won’t be published for a hundred years. The Future Library project is collecting a hundred manuscripts to be released in the year 2114 with Atwood’s manuscript the first to be added to the collection. Earlier this year, 1,000 trees were planted that will eventually be harvested to publish the books collected by […]

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Our Future Depends On Reading!

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“Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.” Neil Gaiman offers strong words at The Guardian on why […]

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The Writers of the Future

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While many wonder about the future of printed books, author Lauren Groff imagines those books’ future writers. In one of her many visions, she tells us, “The writer of the future will crouch in wind-swept aeries miles above the electronic din of the modern world, crafting feathers out of the leaves of old books. Watch […]

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Even the Future Has Gone to Shit

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Over at TOR, Robert Charles Wilson compares ABC’s new Earth 2100 documentary to Disney’s 1955 program Man in Space in order to trace how our vision of the future has changed.  “Earth 2100 … is more dismaying than Man in Space, the way a cancer diagnosis is more dismaying than a clean bill of health.  What it tells […]

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