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Friday, December 21, 2012
Nothing Can Dim the Faith of the Very Serious White Guys of "The Future" in the Coming Schlongularity
Although Cory Doctorow (and now, too, Charlie Stross) captured some of the surreal hilarity of the pseudo-scientific futurological boosters of the so-called Singularitary by notoriously re-naming it "The Rapture of the Nerds," the ever fabulous Athena Andreadis has managed also to capture some of the ugly politics that gurgle just beneath the surface (when it isn't just in plain view, that is) of that faith-based techno-transcendentalism, and with comparable hilarity and pith, in characterizing the Singularity as: "When being richwhitemale will be even more awesome." I've said it before, I'll say it again, it would seem that The Futurists have seen The Future... and it is a white penis! Although I have dilated on these pernicious political associations endlessly elsewhere, today, I have just one thing to say: Schlongularity.