People say that the future of work is decentralized, but ‘people’ also said that in 2021 we’d fly our car to work. Robots would make quality leisure time society’s biggest challenge, and you’d be able to do quick pinprick blood diagnostics in the bathroom while your prickly pear enzyme face mask is activated.
Between propaganda, confirmation bias, and the bureaucratic jargon that George ‘1984’ Orwell called ‘duckspeak,’ it’s difficult to get a clear signal.
Are Central Business Districts dead, zombified, or just resting between roles? Will home offices become the norm? Remote but digitally connected to everyone does seem super-Aquarian.
Remote But Digitally Connected To Everyone Is Super-Aquarian
In news that won’t surprise anyone who worked from home for years, it apparently improves productivity. Free from biologically unnatural conditions such as intensive proximity to people who may not be of similar temperament, artificial lighting, imposed corporate culture, commuting, dress obligations, real-time work politics, and the quality-killing expectation to ‘look busy’ or ‘show your working,’ employees have better focus.
Of course, if everyone decentralizes, new issues arise: Inadvertently pasting your hypochondriac googling results into work windows, not realizing the camera is on, overwrought surveillance, and rural towns in an uproar over the influx of urban ‘ex-pats.’
Inadvertently Uploading Your Hypochondriac Googling Results
It’s hard to tell if it’s going to be the reverse of the industrial revolution when broad chunks of the population left the regions to settle in cities or if it will snap back to a new-ish normal. The impending arrival of Uncle Pluto in Aquarius means that it won’t be whatever the pundits are predicting. Or it will be but with a surreal plot twist.
As the table below depicts, the weirdness (and ingenuity) that went down in the first six months of Uranus in Aquarius (1995) was off the chain. Yes, even by today’s standards. Imagine the level of tech-society disrupt/evolution when Pluto crosses those degrees in 2023?
Citing your Sun Sign or any relevant astrological data, where are you at? Are you (a) displaced and in flux, (b) delighted to be able to reinvent your work modality, (c) reading this from your secret hideout, or (d) longing for the day when you can power-strut back into the arena because work/business and home should be separate?
And what’s your call on all this?
Image: High Treason – 1929
1995 – THE HYPER-WEIRD FIRST SIX MONTHS OF URANUS IN AQUARIUS
|Firsts||Shock Factors||Launched||Pop-Cult Shifts|
|The internet went from niche-geek to disrupter of legacy media’s business models – namely, classified ads. Online dating kicked off with Match.com and then there was Craigslist and Ebay.||Domestic Terrorism: The Tokyo subway sarin gas attack by a a Japanese doomsday cult and, a month later, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh blew up a government building in Okalhoma.||Sleek DVDs – Digital Video Discs – replaced chunky videos (VHS) making movies higher quality and cheaper to manufacture (or pirate), as well as ending the era of having to ‘rewind.’||In 1995, the iconic Gangsta’s Paradise (released with the Michelle Pfieffer movie Dangerous Minds) became the biggest-selling track across all genres. It took hip-hop mainstream.|
|In an unprecedented technological leap, the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir, beginning a phase of collaboration between these former space rivals.||Srebrenica: Despite being in a U.N. safe area, 8000 Muslim men & boys were killed by the Bosnian Serb army. The worst atrocity in Europe since World War II, it shook confidence in the U.N.||The USB or Universal Serial Bus meant you could suddenly connect any device to a computer sans drama. It paved the way for flash drives and more, supercharging the personal computer market.||Hugh Grant was arrested for ‘lewd conduct’ – he was in a parked car off Sunset Boulevard with a sex worker he’d hired. It imploded his budding rom-com career and relationship with then Estee Lauder spokesmodel Liz Hurley but was tabloid amphetamine.|
|Pixar’s Toy Story was the first completely computer-animated movie, innovating cinematic tech. Enormously successful, it drastically defied the many industry types who said it would flop.||Twenty-three-year-old singer-performer Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Salvidar, her former fan club manager, shot in the back as she fled through the lobby of a Texas motel.||Playstation’s North American launch took out arcade games as effectively as video killed the radio star. It also spawned a generation of gamers and turned Sony into a billion $ profit a year co.||Despite the scorn of record labels who didn’t think an album with ‘angry lyrics’ or feminist themes would sell, 21-year-old Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill became an instant & enduring phenom.|