Second, I came across a weblog by none other than James Howard Kunstler, author of Long Emergency. He’s the guy telling us we’re headed for a nasty fall when the cheap oil gravy train runs out. He just spent a few days in California, and he came away with exactly my sense of that God-forsaken land.
Now, for the sake of fairness, how about I post a link to an essay by Bruce Sterling, futurist and sci-fi author of Tomorrow Now and Schismatrix (and Mirrorshades contributor), on how technology will save all our asses and get us out of this mess. God I hope he’s right, but I have this sinking feeling that this technological salvation is a pipe dream. Our country is not a climate conducive to science or technology. It seems like every year anti-intellectuals, recidivists and conservatives intent on throwing the country back into the 18th century gain more and more strength. And at the same time, the mindless prattle of television saps what little intellect remains. Just look at all the coverage over the Michael Jackson trial, or this girl that disappeared in Aruba. This nonstop hysteria drains the mind and deadens the spirit.
Sorry, I’m ranting. I don’t want to rant. Time to go cool off for awhile.