We live in a time of nostalgia for a past when white America was dominant and unchallenged and the United States was globally ascendant.

Despite Trump’s siren song of “Again” and the present policy reassertion¬†of historical American power the clock cannot be reset: the past is past. Our world continues to spin into the future.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/5/17077742/donald-trump-conservative-cpac

https://nplusonemag.com/issue-30/politics/goodbye-cold-war/

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/munich-conference-trump-mcmaster-mccain-elite/553697/

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/a-new-struggle-coming/

Mired in the daily noise and muck, it’s hard to see the promise of the future.

It’s coming:

https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2018

50 years is a long time ago but we are living with its legacy: crippling deceit, racism and inequality, murder and death, unending war, and a systemic loss of trust in government and institutions. America has been transformed in many ways but also remains much the same. 2018 reminds me of 1968, although today is not as cataclysmic (yet). But it’s still early.

In 1968 many were animated by a naive and energetic power, convinced that truth meant seeing things as they really are. They were motivated by a conviction that social and political change had to be made. They believed that it was essential to reject hypocrisy and inaction, and that thuggery, dishonesty, and injustice had to be confronted to alter a destructive status quo to end suffering and death. They wished instead for humanity and grace.

It has always been the historic role of youth to demand change. The young derive power from self-righteousness and gather force together in a community of like-minded peers, to mobilize change through powerful emotion, demanding social and political justice. Confronted by vanity and decadent power, youth reject empty promises and false choices, demanding course correction and an allegiance to truth.

In 1968 a young generation felt betrayed by malevolence and mendacity. Angry that the American birthright of freedom and adventure was being trampled and squandered, they rose up and said no, enough, no more.

Then as now the American Experiment hangs in the balance.

https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/1968-the-year-that-transformed-the-nation/

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/walter-cronkite-vietnam-special-50th-anniversary-lbj-trump-truth-20180222.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2018/02/23/the-tet-offensive-50-years-later-photographs-and-memories-still-haunt-vietnam-war-photographer-don-mccullin/?utm_term=.cf3b60f7c3ba

1968 Plus 50 Years: The Irony of History

What should we do when our open and free information and social systems are infected by malevolent actors guided by sinister aims and evil purpose?

A portion of social media has become a trojan horse of deceptive identity and networked propaganda.

John Battelle argues that it is an existential threat to democracy and must be countered and rectified.

https://shift.newco.co/the-automatic-weapons-of-social-media-3ccce92553ad

In our age of disruption economic and social change is transforming behavior, style and work.

As individuals increasingly value “experiences” over fashion, and the nature of work is reinvented by automation, AI and demographics, adapting to the speed and dramatic scope of change promises a traumatic and volatile¬†future.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-death-of-clothing/

https://www.1843magazine.com/features/crafting-a-life

http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/labor-2030-the-collision-of-demographics-automation-and-inequality.aspx

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/seven-portraits-of-economic-security-and-modern-work-in-the-uk

Social media is wrestling with a scam and sham problem.

Intrinsic to the integrity of all media is truth and trust: that who and what is presented and conveyed is real and honest. Agendas and objectives are inevitable but so too must be principle and honor.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/all-followers-are-fake-followers/551789/

Amazon’s automated store is a version of the future. Amazonian in vision and ambition.

Amazon Go and the Future

Looking ahead:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609868/18-exponential-changes-we-can-expect-in-the-year-ahead/

The Guardian examines the economics, social dynamics, cultural anthropology and intrinsic goodness of the sandwich.

Britannia rules (the bread…)

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/24/how-the-sandwich-consumed-britain

The remarkable Ben Thompson:

The 2017 Stratechery Year in Review