A Spy in the House of Love: On A Post-Privacy, Post-Tech Future

Josey Duncan Lee

In 1953, Ian Fleming set out to establish his new fictional hero as manly, dangerous and hugely attractive; so in the first chapter of the first 007 book, Casino Royale, James Bond returns to his hotel and lights his seventieth cigarette of the day. 55 years from now, what set of 2008 values will seem as warped and antiquated? And why?

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the entire world watched one man. The swearing in of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States left American eyes misty and touched hearts around the globe.

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed," the new President said that day, "why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."1