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“9/11 is big,” Mr. Milch, 61, said to the unusually large crowd in the room. He was lying on the floor — a bad back is his curse — next to a microphone. He was just getting going. “What part of 9/11 is big? If the future continues to reinterpret the past, it could be argued that 9/11 provides irrefutable proof that unless there is some other way that we learn to deal with our technology or deal with our brothers and sisters, it is goodbye as a species. That genie does not leave that bottle.”He went on like that for a while, then said: “A dying culture, intuiting that it is dying, postulates an alternative reality: The Indians postulated in the ghost dance that they were impervious to technology, that when a bullet hit them, they went up to heaven. Does any of that sound familiar?”
Honestly, after thinking for a bit, I don't know that we'll go into future shock. I think the people that continue adapting technology will fill more specialized roles and break off from society. I've always felt that the progressives eventually win and become conservative, but it seems to me (with NO research, mind you) that the number of people fighting to 'move forward' (subjective term, I know) is decreasing, or that they care less and less about progressing culture as a whole.
from what i understand, today's college enrollment is shifting away from the sciences and into the creative.