Often, when bereft of inspiration, I will berate the women in my household for ideas on any given MS-QOTD.  Most of the time, it’s gibberish (the adult woman are not really good at the whole ‘weird pop culture nonsense’ thing) but occasionally, eleven-year-old Widget pulls through.  This time, she asked me whether I thought we’d all be mermaids 1000 years in the future.  The answer is “Man, I hope so!”, but it set into motion my thoughts about the 31st Century, and pop-culture representations thereof.  A lot of possible futures exist, from the world of Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets to whatever weird century ‘Pacific Rim’ takes place in, but there are two major pop-culture visions of the world 1000 years hence, leading to today’s plus-one-millennial query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is honestly unsure which would be the cooler future, asking: Will the year 3000 be more like the world of Futurama or the world of the Legion Of Super-Heroes?

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  1. September 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Probably more like Futurama. As cool as flight rings may be, unfortunately things look like going more to suicide booths direction.

    • September 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm — Reply

      On the bright side, you can get superpowers from a cream, vanishing cream can actually make you vanish and you can buy a teleportation ray gun from comic book ads.

  2. September 6, 2015 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Yeah, I gotta come down on the Futurama side, too. The percentage of stupid in the world doesn’t seem to fluctuate much, and it’s hovering at just high enough to keep the imperfections and conflicts going well in to the future.
    I see it as a Babylon 5 vs. Star Trek, and B5 seems like the FAR more likely kind of future.

  3. Bryan
    September 6, 2015 at 10:32 am — Reply

    As long as we can all be mermaids, I’m good with either.

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Matthew Peterson

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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