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Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road).  Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Forum:  May 21, 2015 

Topic:  The Arts in American Society  (Reading)

For discussion: In an age of decreasing resources where does support for and funding of the Arts fit into American life?  Should these be supported by the public?  If so, how?

Public attitudes about what should be supported by government, economic recession, political attitudes about education and culture – are all having at least a short term effect on the basic resources that enable the arts.  All of which has potentially drastic implications for the long term future of what we have traditionally known as the “arts.”  A new book on the subject is  now available, Culture Crash: The killing of the creative class by Scott Timberg.  A review in the New York Time Review of Books gives an impression of the content and perspective in this work.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

 

“Is Google ‘Making us Stupid?” A Deep History and Future of the Internet

David Staley, convener of Columbus Futurists, delivered an upbeat and thought-provoking presentation to The Clio Society recently.  The premise is a variation on a theme raised a few years ago by author Nicholas Carr, in his book Is Google Making Us Stupid?  This video of Staley’s talk is a compelling combination of quotes, history, examples and unique interpretations that will cause you to consider: what does the Internet really mean – to myself personally, and to culture as a whole?

The Clio Society is a group of people interested in the recovery, interpretation and implications of history – in a wide variety of forms and purpose.  A function of the History Department at The Ohio State university, attendance in meetings is free and open to all.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? A Deep History and Future of the Internet, lecture by David Staley, The Clio Society, The Ohio State University, 10/28/2014

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2015  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • May 21, 2015 – Topic: The Arts in American Society:  In an age of decreasing resources where does support for and funding of the Arts fit into American life?  Should these be supported by the public?  If so, how?
  • Jun 18, 2015 – Topic: Columbus 2044:  What can we project, 30 years out?
  • Jul 23, 2015 – Topic: The Future of Wikipedia: Perhaps one of the greatest social works of the Information Age – can it be sustained?
  • Aug 27, 2015 – Topic: Demographics: The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 in 2014.  What are the implications of this – negative and positive?
  • Sep 17, 2015 – Topic: The Challenge of Science Fiction: “Where is my flying car and my anti-gravity boots??” Guest presenter – Maura Heaphy
  • Oct 22, 2015 – Topic: Economics:  What are the implications of the disappearing Middle Class?  What can be done?
  • Nov 19, 2015 – Topic: TBD
  • Dec – no meeting
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