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I’ve been quite challenged to draw an opinion about the question In 2050 what will we be nostalgic about?
the problem with experts: They’re experts on the past. No one is an expert on the future.
We can only draw on our experiences, see the signals of now and attempt to extrapolate….
I am very glad that when I was in my teens and 20s most people didn’t have a camera on them at all times and that there was no place to publish and share those photos.
I was young, I loved music, I managed bands and worked for record labels and I made very very bad decisions. I was not terribly kind to myself or others.
Thankfully I don’t remember to much of any of it. I have very few reminders. It’s a blessing.
A song from that time, Deb Conway’s “She Prefers Fire” is introduced in concert with the comment ‘do you ever have the kind of days when you wish your house would burn down?
Everything that we have reminds us of what we have lost
Everything that we have echoes what we desire
Possessions, letters now just fuel for history
It’s important to not keep too much history fuel around. We all know that controlled burning can help prevent forest fires.
I can’t help but think that people going through that time of their life now and getting scars and breaking hearts and making infamous, funny prat falls can’t pick themselves up and burn the photos.
Or hide the blog posts, or box up the Facebook comments…
In 2050 being photographed and captured might well be ubiquitous.
Imagine all those bad hair days, terrible outfits, drunken behavior, spats with partners and nose picking moments being able to be tagged and shared and tracked back to you….
Or the happier moments that you’d prefer to keep in the past.
I think I’ll be nostalgic about being able to create my own ‘digital me’ and having some portion of control over it. And of having the luxury of being able to forget.
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