Warren Ellis sees the future
A writer called Ventakesh Rao recently used the term “manufactured normalcy” to describe this. The idea is that things are designed to activate a psychological predisposition to believe that we’re in a static and dull continuous present. Atemporality, considered to be the condition of the early 21st century. Of course Venus isn’t a green hell – that would be too interesting, right? Of course things like Google Glass and Google Gloves look like props from ill-received science fiction film and tv from the 90s and 2000’s.
That, by the way, is what Steve Jobs meant when he said that iPads were magical. The central metaphor is magic.
Oh, we have so much to talk about when it comes to magic. And magick.