Nothing new in 2020
The teaser for tonite’s news invited watchers to stay tuned to see how LA will look in 2020 as they showed a helicopter flyby of downtown at night. Sam, who over watching Lost, was fascinated but I said “See that picture.. that’s how LA is going to look in 2020.”
What a boring couple of decades we’ve just had. Leaps and bounds are supposed to coming increasingly faster. Remember how all anyone could do the longest time was throw sticks at mastodons and draw on cave walls and then suddenly someone comes up with the wheel. Then people sat around for thousands of years wheeling things around until someone came up with the sail. And half that time and we have metal. And half that time we have an engine. We were doing so well there for a while. What happened? Where’s my robot cleaning my house? And why is my car still touching the ground. We’ve failed to make the leaps and bounds that past decades have done, plain and simple.
Disagree? Think about this. In1900 people spent most of their day preparing food, cleaning up or outside the house at work. Then trains connected the big cities so people could get durable goods more easily. And electricity was everywhere as well as refrigeration so you could get groceries for a week instead of shopping daily. Then cars came and you could see beyond 20 miles from your house. And then rockets, and space telescopes, and squeeze cheese, and compact discs, and personal computers, and the Internet and email and VOIP, and trains that run on magnetism.
But what’s new since the 80s? Nothing. Our hair is less permed and our clothes less day-glo but I wouldn’t call it a leap forward for humanity. Since the 80s all we’ve gotten is Trimspa, Anna Nicole Smith, Brittney Spears, boy bands, grunge, emo, Nutella, American Idol, Harry Potter, smaller cell phones, political correctness and post modernism.
So when they try and tell me we’ll see a brave new world in 2020, what I see is the same LA with more traffic.
I assume some of you think differently.