Social and Cultural Trends related to media/technology:
The overarching trend is the growing economic chasm – the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle is shrinking. Because of globalization and other forces, there is downward mobility for many working people. Barriers to upward economic mobility are expected to grow. Racism is expected to continue to be an additional significant barrier.
1) Many communities are intentionally seeking to build social connections and use collaborative processes.
2) The demonstrations in reaction to the draconian immigration bill in the U.S. may signal the emergence of new leadership and activism from the immigrant community.
3) In the US, some say that the generation entering college is likely to be the most civic-minded since the World War II generation
Search for meaning in a scary, complex world:
Many commentators predict a continued expansion of a fundamentalist worldview, and a shift to away from individual liberties. Whether this is the ultimate direction, there will at least be a tumultuous debate over the values of a civil society, including: 1) whether government control in the name of security trumps privacy, speech rights, and other values important to an open society;
2) issues concerning sexual orientation, gender identity, and reproductive freedom, and whether society will favor traditional norms or protect individual rights; and
3) generally, whether we respond to the stresses of a scary world by discussing complex issues and deeply held values, or simply show obedience to others’ thinking and authority.
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