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2012: baked beans, iPhones and protest

Matthew Parris, Stephanie Flanders, Martha Lane Fox and others set out their thoughts for the coming year. Things will be tough—but there are bright spots

By Prospect   January 2012

ANOMIE Paul Mason

The 2012 zeitgeist is about analogue lifestyles with digital comms. You will be eating baked beans and tweeting from your iPhone. Cheap food, high energy bills—so you can fuel your open fire with old paperbacks while re-stocking your Kindle with the books you already paid for. As the streets go quiet we’ll be able to hear the nuances of acoustic music again.

The phrase “intellectual property” will get its first word elevated above its second: people will start to value what is intellectual and share it. Rock-festivals-cum-book-clubs at Minehead Butlins will be the “in thing.” Personalised placards,…

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