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Migration's Magical Realism

The experience of migration, of moving to a new habitat or locale, brings with it a magic-like experiences of the new environments. The relationship between cause and effect breaks down, and it takes more (or less) effort to do things that once seemed easy (or difficult). Alice's experience in Through the Looking Glass has a migration-like feel to it as she runs with the Red Queen in the Garden of Live Flowers.

Virtual diasporas & identity management

Last year, Kathi Vian and I wrote a piece on new diasporas and identity management for the Ten Year Forecast program. Our basic premise was that we are all migrants, and we carry our identities with us as we move. In the coming decade, we will see the proliferation of tools, services and processes of managing our identities.

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