The Year of the Neo-Stoner
Marijuana will influence mainstream culture visually, musically and politically. But the neostoner is likely to be a high paid rock star coder or engineer at a Silicon Valley startup. This will be THE year that Marijuana becomes a mainstream political issue across the nation, dominating political debate.
Increasing Resentment Against the Tech
Elite The growing skills void between the average rank and file worker is fuel for resentment,i.e., the fight against Google buses in San Francisco. As the tech elite get smarter, younger, richer and loaded with Bitcoin, the average American is getting poorer and faces a bleak market for non-tech jobs. Furthermore, the rise of the tech elite spurns higher cost of living in urban areas displacing those who can’t afford increased rents.
Funk & Psychedelia Make a
Comeback Expect a resurgence of funk, psychedelia, and general weirdness in culture. New interest in funk music will be sparked by the James Brown biopic, Outkast’s reemergence on the music scene, and Nelson George’s funk documentary on VH1, all putting this music back into the consciousness of the mainstream. 2014 could also be akin to the psychedelic summer of 1967 as there will be an abundance of groovy music festivals.
A New Civil Rights Movement
Will Emerge 2014 will be the year that various grassroots movements crystallize into a more focused mass movement around racism, mass incarceration, access to healthcare, income inequality, voter suppression, and education. This time the collective voice on social media is the leader of the movement.
The Smartphone & Tablet as
Life’s “Controller” Google’s acquisition of Nest is a HUGE signifier of what is to come as it relates to the connectivity of the Internet of Things. In 2014 the smartphone and tablet computer will elevate even more in importance and Apple will surprise us all with stellar new products thus reasserting its brilliance as a consumer tech company. The smartphone/tablet becomes an extension of our human capabilities and a sensored controller to our ever smartening homes.
Data science gives us the
power to unlock breakthrough insights that can be effectively employed to minimize creative risk and increase probability of successful content creation. Netflix has been at the forefront of using data this way. This year, expect more creative content departments forging closer connections with analytics. Also, we will begin to see job descriptions looking for creative/analytical hybrids. The Quantified Creator
Entertainment in :15 The Instagram
15 second video will begin to steal some thunder from the absurdist entertainment found on YouTube. As attention spans continue to shrink, Instagram has hit gold with the 15 second video. Content creators will get really creative within this medium. Production values and the visual aesthetic of the :15 will improve dramatically.
Denver, the new Brooklyn Weed,
an eco system of “green” investment, new construction growth, an increasing population of young people, new economy businesses, and an openness to innovation could make Denver/Boulder one of the epicenters of the new economy. You no longer need a passport to fly to Amsterdam to indulge legally. Denver will see a boom in weed tourism.
We expect to see an
explosion of data security startups in the wake of the Target and Neiman Marcus security compromises. There will also be more startups to help humans control and broker the sale of their own data. People are now sensitized to how our personal data is mined and monitored, and want to benefit monetarily as data companies have. Data Protection Startups and Reassertion of Personal Data Control
Re-Segregation & the Creative Underground
Railroad of Content 2013 set up a yearning for the new amid growing weariness over the banality of the status quo. Expect an explosion of quality content from various corners of the web produced without concern to mainstream taste. The web “chitlin circuit” will have the richest and most diverse entertainment.
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