The Sunshine State

I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that’s my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again… the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.
J. G. Ballard

Aerial photographs taken of credit-crunch-stalled housing developments in Florida. Full set here.

Share This Post

About Author Profile: Worm

In between dealing with all things technological in the Dabbler engine room, Worm writes the weekly Wikiworm column every Saturday and our monthly Book Club newsletters.

5 thoughts on “The Sunshine State

  1. Gaw
    October 18, 2010 at 22:14

    Strangely disturbing pictures. Possibly because they look a bit like an infestation of ringworm – not an encouraging look for human habitation.

    October 18, 2010 at 22:32

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac try their hand at crop circling. A nightmarish vision and a monument to human frailty. Can be seen from Marbella to Alicante, and just off Dingleton Rd Melrose.

    Some bright spark, AKA Donald Trump will try and flog one off as a futuristic maze.

    Gadjo Dilo
    October 19, 2010 at 05:28

    Apparantly there are ‘canal-like’ lines like this on Mars too, and yet for every one of us saying “Urgh, how surburban”, they’ll be a little green Martian retorting “Oi, I happen to live there – and it’s a very safe area for kids to grow up in and not too far from the shops”.

    ian russell
    October 19, 2010 at 09:04

    I don’t find these disturbing. Possibly because I have a loathing of working suburbia, and probably because you’ve presented them in a nicer way than the source website has. But, yes, in a way they remind me of culture growths on agar in petri dishes – which isn’t a bad analogy/metaphor for what it really is.

    October 19, 2010 at 23:05

    I’ve never read any Ballard, so I’m seeing this from a different angle. I see only organic shapes and forms here. Our future lies in our souls. Do you listen to the voices from yours?

Comments are closed.