2008 Predictions - History Repeating

The word is about, there’s something evolving
Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here
That the revolution’s near
But to me it seems quite clear
That it’s all just a little bit
of history repeating
– History Repeating, Shirley Bassey

I love this song for two reasons: First, it’s Shirley Bassey. How could you possibly go wrong with that? Second, it’s because this song itself was the subject of the very topic we talk about a lot: remixing.

Sound familiar? It should — we’re doing the same thing online every day.

The Propellerheads did a fantastic job with this song on their decksandrumsandrockandroll album back in 1998 (has it been 10 years already?) — take an existing song, add in some of the “new sound”, and make it their own. Am I the only one who thinks this is a mashup?

And that’s the theme of my prediction, which is as much of an anti-prediction as anything else. We aren’t going to see anything in 2008 that’s truly “new”. Re-envisioned, remixed, remashed, reclaimed, re-edited, rebuilt, but nothing we haven’t already seen before.

Some specific points to think about:

Yes, you can say that I’m “playing it safe” with these. They’re not traditional predictions that can call for massive change. Hence why I wrote these — I’m not seeing massive change. I’m seeing more status quo than anything else. Maybe 2008 will be a little dull…

…or maybe, this will be the year of reflection: How have we gotten here? What do we have in our little bag of tricks? What works, what doesn’t, what should be dropped and forgotten, and what are we missing?

Maybe, if there is one outlandish prediction I can make that I hope will be true: This will be the year we figure out what’s missing, and start to figure out what it will take to get us there.