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Future

A 10 post collection


Donald Trump Is an Opioid for the Masses, But He Can't Solve America's Growing Social-Cultural Crisis - The Atlantic

 •  Filed under Politics, Future, Trump, Culture

Donald Trump Is an Opioid for the Masses, But He Can't Solve America's Growing Social-Cultural Crisis - The Atlantic


Trump is cultural heroin. He makes some feel better for a bit. But he cannot fix what ails them, and one day they'll realize it.

This not a liberal versus conservative piece. It’s honest, heartfelt writing from J.D. Vance about the emptiness of Trump’s promises and the day of reckoning that is coming if we don’t find real answers for the hurt and fear that is present.

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

 •  Filed under Mobile, Technology, Future, Kids, Present

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

I think this is only surprising if you’re naive or not around any real kids. My other thought is that I wonder how many adults only spend 2 hours a day looking at screens?

Like games and TV before them, setting arbitrary limits for phone or tablet use seems pointless to me. Sure, doing nothing all day but playing on a device is bad for anyone, but every person is different. Humanity is more adaptable and resilient than we realize.

The Digital Recession

 •  Filed under Future, Film, Filmmaking, Movies, Artists, Filmmaker

The Digital Recession

I turned to inspect the audience because I wondered, as I do still, to whom he was speaking? How could it ever be good for artisans that everyone can make art?

Really nice essay on what the future might look like for artists in a world were art is completely free to produce and consume. All good stuff. Except that bit about needing “unique media encryption.” If that were possible, wouldn’t it already exist?

Will Digital Comics Ever Replace Print?

 •  Filed under Future, Comics, Comicbooks, Digitalcomics, Digital Comics, Digital

I was watching some CBR TV videos today and was struck by something in this video of Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. Axel states that while digital comics sales are booming, he doesn’t see print comics ever being completely replaced by digital. This seems like someone living too close to print comics to see reality clearly.

Yes, I know both digital and print have had booming sales in parallel with each other this year. I suspect good movies like the Avengers and the Dark Knight Rises and things like the New 52 and Marvel Now have helped this. I’ve heard the arguments a million times that there’s nothing like holding a real comic in your hands. People have said this about regular books for the longest now, and I think we’re starting to clearly see digital sales overtake print in that category. Eventually, the coolness of the in-hand print book will wear off. It’s sooooo much cooler to take an entire collection of comics on your iPad everywhere you go.

I do think there will always be an audience for print comics, don’t get me wrong. The collector spirit in comics will carry on. I just think the majority of comics buying and reading will move to digital leaving print for the collector market. I could totally be wrong about this, but comics will certainly be the first medium to go digital and thrive in the physical after the fact if it does happen.

So what do the rest of you think? Will comics be largely digital in the future, or will print and digital comics continue to grow in parallel? Let me know what you think and also why you think so. Comment below or reblog and let me know.