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The first blog post in the brand new sizzling hot year of 2009!! Hope you’re feeling non-taxated and somewhat adrenalised in this post festive period.

There’s no doubt 2008 was a year full of doom and gloom with so many twisted  ironies and occasional idiosyncrasies, but I’m impatiently waiting to see what 2009 holds for pop-culturalist, sub-modernist trends inspectors like me.

So before I choke to death with my own excitement, here’s some interesting trend forecasts freshly delivered from the web:

General trends

Jeremy Gutsch at Trend Hunter:  Hot Trends in 2009 Forecast

Predictions: DIY crafting, Hollywood virals, Shockvertising, Geek pride, Humanisation of pets, Style over tradition, Pop gaming, Brag materialism and Political Remixing.

Art

Telegraph: Top 10 websites for art in 2009

The Independent: Highlights of 2009: Art

Prediction: Don’t think anyone knows it yet!, I reckon  it’ll be the usual wacky, harebrained, controversial, extremely talented and non talented stuff. Apparently, Linz, the Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2009, excited to see what the city regorges up with.

Music

Guardian Music: Hotlist 2009

The Vine TV: UK music predictions 2009

Predictions: 2009 will be the year of pop sensation Clare Maguire, and a  host of other bands and artists, as listed below.

  • Florence and the Maching
  • Everything Everything
  • Golden Silvers
  • Little Boots
  • The Big Pink
  • Doves
  • Antony & The Johnsons
  • White Lies
  • AutoKratz
  • And the mighty Franz Ferdinand comeback album!

Fashion

Fashionising: Fashion Trends 2009

Trend Hunter: Spring-Summer 2009 Fashion

Predictions: 2009 SS Women’s fashion will consist of wrecked denim, fetish garments, fairy tale dresses, see-throughs, flat abs and all other things that I’m happy to ignore.

Consumer technology

Telegraph: Future technology: our predictions for 2009

Digital Trends: Tech Trends for 2009

Predictions: Touchy feely screens, Netbooks, Blu-ray players, live-streaming technology and more social networking shabangs.

The web/Social Media

ReadWriteWeb: 2009 Web Predictions

Lightspeed Venture: Consumer Internet Predictions for 2009

Predictions: Free web, Virtualisation, Better social media management tools and more mashups.

Science

Telegraph: New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of ‘next big thing’

Predictions: Radiotelepathy, green energy technology, genetic re-engineering, Artificial Intelligence, personal genomics and funnily enough the End of Optimism.

shoreditch postersLast weekend I decided to extend my cool hunting beyond the usual digging of the search engine ditches and hit the streets of East London to experience its booming street art scene for the very first time.

I wasn’t in the mission on my own, as I joined a two dozens of art hungry bloggers on a Street Art tour around Shoreditch, which was extremely lucky of me as I was given a crash course in street art by a graffiti whizz kid Michael Vandalong and a resident Art expert Romain of Fubiz . As a result I discovered street art in the form of graffiti ( D*Face, Sweet Toof, Sickboy and Eine), stencils (Banksy, TEK13) , posters (Obey, Jim Cereal and Mike Marcus), mosaics (Invader) last but not least paintings from Barry McGee and Patr2ism.

The tour was part of a wider campaign called Gofindit from Ford Ka, which aims to encourage people to explore the city beyond just the obvious.

As a final note, I’d like to give massive thanks to Robin and Sandrine at We Are Social for bringing in an amazing Art and Mars bar filled afternoon. You can see eclectic mix of photos from our tour on Flickr and a short video clip below.

If you’re interested in organising your own street art tour, please be sure to visit StreetArtLocator , a google street art map mashup for a start.

While watching this ad video from Adidas, as posted on Brentter, I couldn’t help but think how much the modern service industry has evolved with new and absurd services are being branched out to solve problems in our increasingly complicated existance. Named Break-up Service, the ad’s promotes the Adidas Originals Safety Collection through a  humourous storyline plucked from the real life Wakaresaseya service culture in Japan, whereby people hire a specialist who’s more than capable of  just delivering the bad news to their spouses.

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Earlier this week, I got accidentally introduced to Do the Green Thing, a creative movement with an underlining purpose to foster change in people’s perception towards the issue of excessive consumption in the face of global warming.

Founded by a group of friends who worked in creative industry in 2005, the aim of the project is to change the ways in which people foresee the issue and call for creative communities and individuals to promote wider behavioural change through art, music, poetry, the internet, photography, video, collage, mail-art and all else.

No matter what the governments and the media say about global warming, we’re still consuming, wasting and generally trashing our environment, but with a bit of creative spirit we can at least start making a shift in our stinking old attitude and carve new ways to live whilst still manage to have lots of fun in the process. Honestly, how bloody hard can it be?!

Take below video as an example, in which a talented illustrator Guillaume Cornet demonstrates All-Consuming themed sketches using up every last bit of a pencil on every last bit of a page.

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Just few days ago, one of its founder Andy Hobsbawm gave this highly commendable speech at the TED conference.

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This video is self-explanatory and I very much agree with the message it conveys

I noticed that I’ve been mostly writing about art and fashion here on SME, but today I thought I’d talk about something that’s more serious and grown up. It’s about the Blog Action Day. What about it?, well Blog Action Day is a mass online discussion and debate event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters to talk about the truly global issue of poverty.

You may sit there and think, this is not something that affects you directly, but if you think carefully, poverty is still prevailing, whether it’s globally or locally. Poverty doens’t mean being unable to afford a car or a house nor is it about not being able to fullfil our dreams and goals, to some it simply means a constant struggle for survival and even the basics of life’s necessities.

Launched this month, the event will happen on 15th October 2008 and I can already feel that this is going to be the biggest online discussion on the issues that are facing every societies of the world, including poverty and the environment. Throughout the event, thoughts and opinions are wildly encouraged and freedom speech sought to be declared. Below is their promo video.

I personally think that this is a great example of how social media can be used to unite people for a single purpose, a purpose that has been around for so long yet very crucial to the human race and our very existance, and I loudly applaud the organisers of the event for their remarkable effort in bringing this to bloggers like me. Opinionated as I am, I’ll be using the opportunity to throw some wild comments and thoughts, in non-disstressing ways of course 😉