[ExI] Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear (Future Schlock)
mlatorra at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 16:13:22 UTC 2008
Ahh, the "old" Disney House of the Future! Now that's the good old future as
it used to be!
I visited Disneyland for the first time at age 10 in 1963. There, and a
couple of years later at the New York World's Fair, I was enthralled by
visions of a bright, optimistic, future-that-works.
Where did that vision go?
It seems to be dead everywhere but here, amongst Extrope-Transhumanist types
who refuse to let the good ideas die from neglect, and who push relentlessly
for even newer and better ideas to bring to life.
The future isn't dead--it's only sleeping. Let's wake it up!
On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 8:19 PM, PJ Manney <pjmanney at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 6:04 PM, Max More <max at maxmore.com> wrote:
> > Future Schlock
> > http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200812/disney
> Thanks, Max, for the article! PJ O'Rourke is always a good laugh.
> Disneyland's House of the Future is one of my favorite residential
> structures ever. Right up there in my book with Fallingwater and Sir
> John Soane's home in London. I went to Disneyland for the first time
> the year after it was demolished, but when I met my husband, an
> 50s-60s Disneyland aficionado, he showed me the photos and plans. I
> was hooked. Check out these photos:
> Ever since, I've dreamed of building my own -- if I could build an
> ecosustainable version. Last year, Art Center in Pasadena held a show
> on future architecture and they built a small HoF model. Like a
> dollhouse, you could look in the tiny windows at its proportions.
> Fabulous. <sigh> Even more interesting was how well the design held
> up to more modern examples.
> I'm not surprised in the slightest at the latest attempt by Disney's
> lack-of-imagineers. If Congress didn't keep rolling back copyright to
> make sure Mickey Mouse's ass was always covered, and if John Lassiter
> didn't deign to merge Pixar to take over Disney animation, they'd have
> nothing worthwhile design-wise right now. What a waste of a legacy.
> Walt is rolling in his grave (and no, he's not a cryo-popsicle).
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