If the Internet really is an honest, complete representation of the worldwide human-scape, then these numbers are stunning. Not just for the year 2008, or the month of December, etc, I’m talking ALL TIME here: the number one search term in relation to THIS page (Sonny Wilkins), by far is “future city”. That term is approaching 6 thousand total searches; the next closest is… drumroll… simply the term “future”, which currently clocks in at 2.5 thousand; followed closely by “walking dead 51″ just passing the 2 thousand mark. Every time I log in to explain how I think C-3PO from Star Wars is a glowing golden bastard who spits upon the stench of the living, I come across my Dashboard. And every time I come across my Dashboard it hits me: over 50% of the links coming in stem from Google Image linking peeps to “Future City“. Every, single, day. It never ends. Total views, every single day: future city- 43, Krasner’s “right bird left”- 10. Next day: future city- 64, nighthawks – 17. It is consistently, without a doubt, my most viewed post. Most searched, most linked to.
What the hell does this mean? I’ve been asking myself this for a long time. The first thing that hits me, the obvious, is that human beings are inherently interested in the future. Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen next, both in short and long terms. If we didn’t, we’d live terribly until we died, or worse yet, killed ourselves. And I don’t even think it’s hope (for a better world/society). I’d liken it more to wonder; like when we’re inhaling a story of some kind (film, novel, stage, concept album) into our heads, we want to know, we wonder, what the story will lead to. Regardless or a good or bad, happy or sad, ending, we want to know because of our natural wonder. It’s got nothing to do with hope. Hope can only stem from the present. Ironically, hope is the language of the present. Without the present there is no hope. I suppose I could say the same thing about wonder, too. Hmm.
Whatever the nature of the beast, this interest in the Future is NOT new. Not one bit. In fact, Science Fiction has been around for a LONG time. Granted, what we deem Science Fiction has been constantly shifting since the dawn of fiction. Maybe the first example of Science Fiction, some heiroglyphic in some Lion cave in East Africa, has never been discovered and never will? Throughout all this, I discovered a great Webpage full of a bunch of visions of the future from the 20s, 30s, at the latest the 40s. Of these, the Cityscape from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis makes an appearance. I’m going to try to feed all those futurists out there more, here. I know… “[I'm] doing it for the sole purpose of more traffic”. Well, at least I’m not asking anyone for money or putting up advertisements (which WordPress users do both of often). I’m simply providing the “visions of the future” drug to all those addicts in the world. The Futurists of the world. If statistics mean anything, there are billions of them. Here’s how the human race thought 80 years ago:
This is my favorite. An idea for an inverse Skyscraper which digs its way into the Earth (might come to fruition when we’re devoid of decent atmosphere in 200 years):