Politics and Culture in the Comic Zone

Daniel Rigney

Daniel Rigney
New Texas, USA
August 01
free-range writer
In this writing workshop and citizen's blog I'm exploring various short forms, often from a satiric angle. My interests include politics, culture and the human comedy; old and new media; social theory and urban life; the commercialization, corporatization and tabloidization of everything; sustainability; Unitarianism (UU); coffee; and writing (sorry, I mean providing content). Turtle stamp is from Tandy Leather. Interested in republishing a piece? Contact drigney3@gmail.com.


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APRIL 11, 2012 2:30PM

Cultural Trend Update (Bite-Sized Edition)

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By Daniel Rigney

In case you have a life of your own and haven’t been been paying much attention to cultural trends lately, here's your bite-sized summary of new directions in the technosphere, the politisphere, and the sociosphere in general.

[Approximate reading time: 40 seconds. Longer if you stop to think about anything.]


Electrons are replacing paper.

Electron streams are replacing disks.

Electronic relationships are replacing face-to-face relationships. (Consider the irony of naming Facebook "Facebook." It could have been more aptly named "Textbook.")

Smart phones and pads are replacing laptops and desktops.

Apps are replacing websites.

Cloud computing is replacing local computing.

Machines are replacing human employees.

Plutocracy is replacing democracy.

SuperPACs are replacing citizens.

ALEC is replacing your state’s laws.

Conservatism is replacing sanity.

Video games and fantasy stories are replacing news.

Intercollegiate athletic teams are replacing actual universities.

Tabloid television is replacing smarter television.

Brooklyn is replacing Manhattan as New York City’s hottest borough.

Bite-sized summaries are replacing analysis.



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In a nutshell, Dan! R
Thanks again, Marilyn! Feel free to add additional trends.
Spot on -- virtual classrooms are replacing brick and mortar --
Good eye, MH. As a retired teacher, I can't believe I missed this one.