Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Joichi Ito's Hiroshima Anniversary Op-Ed

Joi Ito's op-ed in Sunday's NY Times looks not in the past, but ahead on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings:
For my generation, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and the war in general now represent the equivalent of a cultural "game over" or "reset" button. Through a combination of conscious policy and unconscious culture, the painful memories and images of the war have lost their context, surfacing only as twisted echoes in our subculture. The result, for better and worse, is that, 60 years after Hiroshima, we dwell more on the future than the past.


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