Review of Imaginary futures — from thinking machines to the global village by Richard Barbrook, Pluto Press, 2007.
This book is a history of the future, the history of an ideology, which, over the last 60 years, has sought to colonise our conceptions of the way the world is going.
The book starts in 2005 with Richard Barbrook returning to the scene of the New York World’s Fair, which he had first visited as a seven year old in 1964. Some of the original exhibition remains and he is struck that “for decades, the shape of things to come has remained the same. The hi-tech utopia is just around