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On TrendThe Business of Forecasting the Future$
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Devon Powers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042874

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042874.001.0001

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Eventful Futures

Eventful Futures

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(p.134) Chapter 6 Eventful Futures
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On Trend
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Devon Powers

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042874.003.0007

Chapter 6 explores the politics of trend forecasting. Deepening the focus from the previous chapter, it explores how trends can inadvertently import the biases of the present into future imaginaries. As a counterexample, the chapter highlights Afrofuturism, a genre of futures thinking that is both radical in its visions for the future and deeply connected to the historical legacies of blackness.

Keywords:   Afrofuturism, intersectional futures, trends, politics, blackness, black algorithms

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