So many people seem overly attached to their phones in this current information age, you see it everywhere, people turning into pods, kinda reminds me of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’.
There is a term for an excessive addiction to smartphones, ‘nomophobia’, to do with the fear of being without or not being able to use your phone, but it’s not the phone or tablet that creates the compulsion, but rather an addiction to all the games, apps, selfies and social networking and online worlds, basically being ‘connected’ 24/7
I don’t think I will miss this part of our civilisation.
You have a deft way of invoking films I'd long ago forgotten - and by Ibis, I have met few men who share my repugnance for these plastic baubles! They may have their uses, but still I refuse to own one.
Exactly, I would rather be aware of my surroundings. Phones have their uses, but I can't think of anything more repugnantly anti barbarian than someone walking in a busy city street, ears plugged up to block out the sounds of their environment, staring at a smartphone, almost oblivious to what is going on around them as they nearly collide into other pedestrians and even traffic in some cases.
One other film with a post apocalypse setting that I enjoyed watching was ‘The Book of Eli’. Denzel Washington plays a nomadic warrior type trying to deliver a book to a safe location as part of protecting and preserving elements of the old world. Along the way he battles bandits and a local self styled tyrant called Carnegie played by Gary Oldman.
The cinematography is well suited with the desert landscapes and roads littered with ruined remnants of the prior civilisation frequently done in drained colours.
This is a big subject, I mean I could go about retail suffering, the recent massive drop in shares and stocks. Some people would probably find all of this too depressive so I like to throw in a few lighter moments, talk about movies and other media dealing with the subject and so on. If this thread gets its plug pulled out I would understand that too. I am posting from the angle that civilisation is collapsing. I don’t think it would be any fun for the readership if I tried to be positive about modern civilisation surviving in its current form.
I talked a little about the decline of the American space program, and now I think I will post a little on why I think that the days of the Russian space program are numbered.
Currently, the Russians are the only game in town sending manned missions to ISS via their Soyuz rockets.
After NASA mothballed their space shuttle back in 2011 the Russians have been charging tens of millions to ferry Astronauts from other countries into space.
The facts are that the Russians are actually struggling to keep their Soyuz reliable. Last October, a Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut were forced to scrap their mission after a rocket bound for the International Space Station failed, sending them plunging back to Earth in an emergency landing, Russian investigators pointed to sensor damage and that it may have had an origin during the rocket’s assembly at the Kazakhstan cosmodrome. Some of the other rockets might also have the same problem.
‘Russian Soyuz rocket failure caused by damaged sensor: investigation’
The Soyuz spacecraft has been delivering crews to space for decades, but Russia is now struggling to keep its spaceflights safe.
"The Russian space industry has a lot of troubles, like growing cost, economic and technological inefficiency, troubles with human capital, and so on. All that means that the factories sometimes lose the quality of manufacturing," Pavel Luzin, a Russian researcher and consultant whose fields of expertise include the Russian space program, told Space.com in an email.
The Russian industry is saying that they are stepping up their safety checks, but the question remains whether that will be enough to keep on running the program and if they will still be able to use the Soyuz to bring crews to the spacestation.
Commercial crewed vehicles are another avenue. SpaceX holds a multibillion-dollar deal to fly NASA astronauts to and from the ISS using Crew Dragon and the company's, but On April 20, a Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a routine "static fire" test of the craft's emergency-escape thrusters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Here is another monolith of the 20th century which is being savaged with the passage of time and will eventually become a casualty in the collapse of civilisation.
I am talking about shopping malls. It’s part of what some are calling the retail apocalypse. Many are deciding to curb their spending habits due to financial woes, and other people preferring to shop online to get the best bargains.
“In all the other cycles, including 2008, a lot of people would come in and buy racking, circular racks and so on,” Mr. Mulcunry said. “They’d buy it all and warehouse it and wait until somebody wanted to reopen a store and sell it back to them. Those people have gone away.”
Struggling stores can slog on for years, as shopper traffic declines and their 40-percent-off sales begin to feel permanent. But when companies file for bankruptcy, closings often move at lightning speed. In the past year, liquidation sales have happened at Bon-Ton, Toys “R” Us, Charlotte Russe, Gymboree and Payless, shaking up the lives of employees.'
We also had the big Borders bookstores in virtually every major shopping centre in Australia, huge variety of books, look at the books whilst having a coffee type of place, but many people would check out the books and then buy them online for less on Amazon.
The trendy shopping strips are slowly dying, traders are now closing their doors in ever increasing numbers, shops closed, boarded up or vacant due to increased rent, retirement, the internet and of course changing spending habits.
Some of these retail trends are also occurring in other places such as the UK
‘Young people spending less on nights out, restaurants and leisure than turn of century, report finds’
‘Young people are spending less on leisure items than they were in the early 2000s, a new study has found.
A report published by the Resolution Foundation examined the spending habits of different generations to examine the notion that each generation is enjoying better conditions than its predecessor.
The survey found 18 to 29-year-olds are spending less on going out, eating and restaurants and other leisure items.’
David Willets, intergenerational Centre
“From frustrations about buying a first home to fears about the cost of care, Britain faces many intergenerational challenges. The big living standards gains that each generation used to enjoy over their predecessors have stalled”
I remember watching this animated series back in the 80's when I was a kid, Thundarr the Barbarian. It was set two thousand years in the future, the world's civilisations lay in ruins due to some 'runaway' planet passing by the Earth in the 90's. The main protaganist was a barbarian named Thundarr with a sorceress sidekick named Ariel and a wookie like creature called Ookla ,they fought and adventured their way across a new Earth built upon a culture of science and sorcery. I really liked the premise at the time, and it made me imagine that sword and sorcery worlds could be set in the future, not just the past.
I don't know , maybe in some ways it might have been easier creating future barbarian worlds with our modern era as a starting point, a kind of lost 'Atlantis' civilisation scenario. A thread of connection so to speak.
Some people probably hated it. They liked their lost civilisations in the distant past and did not want to imagine that we could regress again somehow.