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The title of this week’s post comes from a fascinating article from The Guardian that considers the role of fact-checking websites (e.g. snopes.com) in what is increasingly considered a post-truth era. "Everything is pouring through" could also serve as a reminder of the many streams that can influence our future - trends in content, demographics, education, spaces, the list goes on.

Read more | 08/08/2016 - 17:43

This week brought out some of my favorite topics. An interesting piece on interactive and web-connected toys. A string of articles on hotels (Marriott), retailers (Sephora), and grocery stores that shows how relationships with customers are changing. A look at how our traditional notions of masculinity might be upended – in this case, by the growing popularity of K-pop bands. A shout-out to Phoenix, where new efforts to increase tree shade likely won’t have materialized by the time I head there in a few weeks.

Read more | 08/01/2016 - 15:38

No shortage of news this week. Leslie Jones’ experience on Twitter illustrated the truly awful harassment that can be experienced on social media – an incident that will hopefully lead to greater support for those who experience harassment and more careful consideration for how the community constructs itself. There was quite a bit about publishing this week, including some interesting stories about romance writers, indie presses, and one hour book delivery.

Read more | 07/25/2016 - 18:47

We only teased Pokémon Go last week, but with more time behind us we take a closer look at some of the popular game’s implications for augmented reality, physical spaces, and the demographic categories it may exclude. Additionally, national and international politics provide opportunities to consider the implications of social media and live streaming for sharing news and content. Along the way, some news about the sharing economy, internet filtering, and what the popularity of headphones might say about us.   

Read more | 07/18/2016 - 18:05

This may not go well. As many of us have likely observed, the violence and tragedy that dominated much of this past week’s news cycle intersected with many of the trends that this newsletter has been following – live streaming, citizen journalism, robotics, and the ethical responsibilities of social media platforms.

Read more | 07/11/2016 - 17:39

A slight slowdown in the pace of news this holiday weekend. This post feels somewhat shorter than those in recent weeks. But a good variety of news, everything from chatbots that fight parking tickets, to adults returning to summer camp, new support for citizen journalists, and an important focus on homelessness in the bay area and throughout our nation.

Read more | 07/04/2016 - 13:14

I’m a day late, but hopefully not content short. It was a bit of a scramble this week to scan and synthesize some very interesting news on everything from new live streaming options to new coding and computer science education sources in between meetings and programs at ALA's Annual Conference in Orlando. I'm hoping to get back on schedule next week.

Read more | 06/28/2016 - 17:04

Streaming seemed to be a pretty dominant theme in this week’s news – the growing influence of Netflix, changes to the Grammy Awards, and a Broadway show moves online. There were also individual stories that point to big changes – researchers consider what trees will flourish (or decline) in the future; our understanding of gender continues to evolve; and our food habits see a major shift.  

Read more | 06/20/2016 - 16:20

I’ll admit that it’s hard to think about the future when we are confronted by very difficult realities in our present. The tragedy in Orlando has made me think of many things, but, from a futures perspective, it reminds me that we will achieve nothing if we cannot find ways to constructively include, celebrate, and respect our collective diversity. It’s the only way we will construct positive futures.  

Read more | 06/13/2016 - 17:19

This week’s (or past two weeks’) mix includes insights from Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report, two interesting reports from Pew Research Center (addressing social media as a news source and 18-to-34 year-olds living at home), and some really great recognition for libraries and librarians. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 06/07/2016 - 01:01

This week’s mix includes announcements from Google’s I/O developer conference (the Google assistant, Allo and Duo, Home, and Daydream) that advance trends in artificial intelligence, encryption, and virtual reality.

Read more | 05/23/2016 - 17:44

One of the big stories this week – accusations that Facebook manipulated its trending stories section to exclude conservative news – has fascinating implications for the information work we all do every day. One of the smaller stories – two friends who surveyed a coffee shop full of individuals working on their computers – has some fascinating implications for the community work that we all do every day. It was one of those weeks that helped me think about the inspiration we can take from lots of things happening in our environment.   

Read more | 05/16/2016 - 23:31

Some news around journalism - the draw of long-form, the complexity of graphic, the melding of content and (ingredient) delivery. Gaming culture popping up in museums and bars. The implications of transgender rights on corporate influence and college admissions.    You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.  

Read more | 05/09/2016 - 23:28

Stories build emotional intelligence. Adult coloring (and other activities) helps build community. Subject experts have the answers. Library professionals facilitate group learning. Some things aren’t news. But it’s nice to see them in the news, presented in new and different ways. In addition to the above, some interesting pieces about high schoolers’ preparedness for college and careers, the evolution (and sometimes exclusion) of streaming services, and trust and diversity in the sharing economy.

Read more | 05/02/2016 - 18:39

A good mix this week, including some interesting news in education (grade inflation, digital textbooks in NYC schools, and the prospects for the Class of 2016), new access implications for Amazon Prime, and a fascinating look at Magic Leap and the future of mixed reality. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 04/25/2016 - 19:02