a/n: I don’t think the idea is fully fleshed-out yet, but I can always add and revise.
- According to Sterling, the twenty-teens are defined by Dark Euphoria, a cultural temperament of exhilarating unthinkableness. This is the topic of the preceding post.
- The tone of Sterling’s speeches in the past couple of years has moved on from anxiety to exhaustion.
- Solastalgia is the feeling of dislocation without having gone anywhere, as a result of damage (natural or artificial) to your ecosystem.
- Cultures can learn and adapt, which is why Sterling is a short-term declinist but not a doomsayer, fitting in the “Stagnated Future” category in this old taxonomy I used a few years ago.