Everything Must Go! Shopping at the End of the World

What happens when we try to imagine the future? The tradition of utopian literature, of conceiving a better time to come (even if not for us) seems to have been displaced by end-of-the-world fantasies or techno-futurism; in all cases, it’s hard to imagine a world without shopping. This talk responds to the often-quoted, but obscure observation that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism,” and considers the ubiquity of shopping in the imagination of science fiction writers, from the nineteenth century (Bellamy and Morris) onwards (Ballard and Le Guin).

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