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Pop Culture and the Space Age


Today's New York Times has a very interesting piece about the effect of the Space Age on popular culture.

An effect was much more than simply a spillover from the silvery streamlining of the space program. It was an increasing preoccupation with the future and technology that helped change not only the country’s look in the 1950s and ’60s, but also, in some ways, its very conception of itself, as if seen anew from space.

 

The architect Buckminster Fuller, one of the space age’s most ardent proselytizers, put it much more coherently in his book “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth”: “We are all astronauts.”


See also:
Outer Space Furniture (1964)
Sincerity and the Paleo-Future
Is Futurism Dead? (New York Times, 1982)

 

Classroom of the Future (Part 2, 1987)

Boy's Flying Machine of the 20th Century (1900)

Boy's Flying Machine of the 20th Century (1900)