A celebration of unstaticity*

Last September I moved to Argentina, packing my belongings into a big blue suitcase and preparing for a year-long post-college South American adventure. George W. Bush was president and the words ”economic crisis” had yet to take up residence on the front page of every newspaper. Jon and Kate were basking in marital bliss, Michael Jackson was alive and it was still cool to drive a clunker.**

A year later, I’m back in the U.S.

Obama is president; a financial crisis has rocked the nation; people are selling their SUVs like yardsale junk.  Americans shop differently, eat differently, drive differently, socialize differently and choose careers differently. More young people are living at home. Perhaps most interestingly, Americans are rethinking fundamentals of their society. What roles do capitalism and consumption play in American society now? What exactly is the U.S.’ role on the world scene, and how will it change in the near future? Is our style of living sustainable? And if it’s not, how will the U.S. change in the next 50 years?

Just like this country, I’ve been banged around, forced into introspection and, ultimately, changed in the past year. On my return, I’ve become obsessed with the way the U.S. has begun to change, and intrigued by the way it will adapt and transform in the near future. What’s wonderful about a society (and about individuals) is that they aren’t static.  Change — though painful on both a personal and societal level — can bring about amazing sparks of creativity and genius, eventually leading us to something bigger, better and more sustainable.

So this blog will track the changes around you and me; it will question new ideas; and it will celebrate the unstaticity of life. It will ask and answer — and then ask again — How is your world changing?


*Yes, I invented this word.

** I confess to not actually knowing who Jon and Kate are, I just know they split up and everyone is upset …


1 Response to “A celebration of unstaticity*”

  1. 1 News roundup « Unstatic Trackback on August 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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The "Unstatic Blog" documents the changes going on around you and me. It will ask and answer — and then ask again — how is your world changing? Read and participate in the conversation.


/ˈstætɪk/ –adjective 1. pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition. 2. showing little or no change: a static concept; a static relationship. 3. lacking movement, development, or vitality

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