The thread on Tomorrowland's coming updates and the place of futurism got me thinking on a larger scale.
Tomorrowland was founded more or less around a sense of optimistic futurism - that the world of tomorrow would be better than the world of today. I know I'm stripping out the Blade Runner-esque corporate presence (for the moment) with this. Bear with me.
The world of today isn't as optimistic about our future. Look at our recent fictional "future" worlds. Literary disasters abound with "The Road", "World War Z" and a horde of others pushing a very dystopian view of the future (a tradition extending back to Orwell and Huxley at the very least). Movies released this year all present a picture of a world destroyed, either by us or by forces beyond us. Games... let's just say an already pessimistic world genre has been mining this particular vein for decades now.
Where is the place for an optimistic future in this?
How would you even portray it in a way that isn't viewed as hokey or overly corporate?
When the park opened, even all the way up through the earlier stages of Innoventions, there was a message that seemed to be pretty accepted by the Average Park Going Tourist - that the world of Tomorrow would be better, frequently tied to the idea that Monsanto (or whichever sponsor you were riding with) would be there with you enabling that bright future. Nowadays I'm not sure the general public would buy off on that, and it's become a staple of rides to go the *opposite* way - that in the future corporations are definitely with you, but they intend on bringing back alien eggs to implant in you (to give one Disney theme park example from the relative recent past).
So, where does that leave a coming expansion ideologically?
Could there even BE a successful "Optimistic Future" depicted in any credible way? How?