I like the idea of projecting future as ‘mundane’ everyday phenomenon. This way, our futures are not fantastical but more real and approachable. One of the things I realized while reading Everyday Futures is that design fiction also has the ability to show the everyday slow changes into a pattern that extrapolates in future. We often do not realize how our lives are changing, because it happens slowly, in our everyday. This effect gets multiplied over a society and collectively we might become blunt to everyday changes. The objects of near future can make us realize the subsequent changes in future, which reflect on our present. The ‘unshocking’ of futures seems very valid.
“The official language of future is often English”
I think first world countries speculate about their futures because they can. There are so many everyday problems in developing world, that they might find the whole activity of designing future objects completely futile. the same amount of resources can be poured into solving problems of the present. It’s also not wrong on the part of developed world to look ahead in future. It becomes wrong only when they say and believe it’s future for everyone, of the world. I agree with you until you realize that these futures are completely contextual and yours, and you do not say ‘this-is-the-future’.
I don’t understand how designers can ‘invade’ future? Are designers actively involved in making policies? No. Are designers focused on changing the society at large when they create? No. The future activism that is discussed in Guerrilla futurists itself seems like ‘design fiction’. How can our weirdness really make any difference until most of us our still living for benefit of capitalism?