The sinking feeling about the future

by Chris Zappone

Never got there: an image from Golden Press Weekly Reader Children's Book Club Series in the 1960's.

Never got there: an image from Golden Press Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club Series in the 1960’s.

If you want more evidence that the disappointment with the future imagined decades ago is real and in the zeitgeist today, I picked up this funny monologue, contained in a much longer running monologue called Overnightscape by a guy named Frank Edward Nora, in the New York City area. It is literally a man on the street, giving a kind of chatty, stream of consciousness take on what he sees and what he thinks. One portion caught my attention: If you go to the 10 minute mark on episode 1154, he does a bit about going back in time to the late 1960s or 1970, and how you would have to explain to the youth then that today in 2015 we drive the same kind of cars they do, only that they’re a little more fuel efficient. Basically, we pretty much failed in all the other technological aspirations and expectations of the day. Except for computers. Computers we use to view cat videos and pictures of each others’ meals. Anyway, overall, it’s an intriguing concept for a show and Nora’s description of the ‘sinking feeling about the future’ is worth a listen.

More than evidence that this disappointment about the future is in the air these days in the US.

The bit starts at 10:00 on the recording.