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The Retro Future

Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New Society
 | 
September, 2017
ISBN:
9780865718661
In stock now: 
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it’s clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now.

This book is about one very powerful option: deliberate technological regression. It isn't about “going back;” it's about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents.

People are already ditching smartphones and going back to “dumb phones” and land lines, and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve going back.

For several centuries now, a vast number of people in the industrial world have allowed their sense of meaning, purpose, and value to depend on their assumed role in the grand onward march of progress from the caves to the stars, and letting go of that self-image is a very challenging thing.

 

That said, it’s not as though we ultimately have a choice.

A must-read for anyone willing to think the unthinkable and embrace the possibilities of a retro future.

Older and simpler technologies very often do a better job at their tasks than the latest hyper-complex, high-tech equivalent. A growing number of people are thus beginning to turn aside from the products of progress…

 

This book seeks to discuss what the world looks like in the wake of the end of progress: why progress is ending, why it could never have fulfilled the overblown promises made in its name, and what the prospects of our society and species might look like as the age of progress gives way to an age of environment blowback and technological unraveling…

 

The burdens that progress have piled upon us, as individuals, as communities, and as a species, are not small, and once the shock has passed off, liberation from those burdens may well be experienced by many of us as a reason for celebration rather than mourning.

Among Greer’s many other books are After Progress and Dark Age America. He’s also author of the weekly blog, The Archdruid Report.

Publisher’s Description: 

To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it's clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now.

This book is about one very powerful option: deliberate technological regression.

Technological regression isn't about "going back" it's about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents, and it embraces the heresy of technological choice our ability to choose or refuse the technologies pushed by corporate interests.

People are already ditching smartphones and going back to "dumb phones" and land lines and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve going back.

A must-read for anyone willing to think the unthinkable and embrace the possibilities of a retro future.

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