By the 1990s, space in the American imagination had become, outside the precincts of Trekkies and Jedi enthusiasts, fully dystopian.
Those shaped by the televisual imagination, like author James Williams, were staggeringly naïve and optimistic at the time of social media’s advent.
Many predicted that tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons would disappear, but this discounts the power of memory and the need for community.
James Poulos is Executive Editor of The American Mind, a publication of the Claremont Institute. He is the author of The Art of Being Free (St. Martin's Press, 2017), contributing editor of American Affairs, and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life.