05 May 1997 17:41

No, no, not mumbo-jumbo like Toffler or Spengler; I mean the modernist artistic movement founded in 1909 by F. T. Marinetti in friends; the first artists to really, consciously and with immense self-promotion embrace technology and constant change and shock and all that good stuff. They were the first cyberpunks, the first Discordians, and (perhaps not coincidentally) some of the first Fascists. The original (pre-WWI) Futurists were also good artists. Years ago, I wrote a fragment arguing that "we are all Futurists now" --- all of us on the Net, anyhow --- which now seems clearly false, through over-statement, but perhaps worth re-examining at some point...