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“The future isn’t going to feel futuristic.”

October 21, 2010

Douglas Coupland on the next 10 years:

North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989

Quebec will decide to quietly and quite pleasantly leave Canada. California contemplates splitting into two states, fiscal and non-fiscal. Cuba becomes a Club Med with weapons. The Hate States will form a coalition.

Coupland’s Microserfs is one of the funniest novels about start-ups. (Maybe the only one, although JPod had its moments.)

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  1. kurt9 permalink
    October 22, 2010 5:56 pm

    Some of this is true. But I don’t buy into the whole “peak oil” and the collapse of the suburb/exurb thing. I expect to buy lettuce and other fresh foods in 2020 no differently than today.

    Also, I don’t think stores will become like his description of Mexican stores. I was in Mexico a couple of years ago and they got everything from Walmart to OfficeMax, just like here in the U.S. If anything, Mexico is become more like the U.S., not the other way around.

    I agree with his social and cultural changes though.

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