212 Magazine - Issue 10 - Reading Room


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We’re delighted to present our TENTH issue, ‘Future Shock’, for Autumn/Winter 2020. We borrowed the theme for our tenth issue from the title of the book penned by futurist writer Alvin Toffler in 1970, in which he claims that ‘the future arrives too soon and in the wrong order’. Summing up the term ‘Future Shock’ in a 1973 Alex Grasshoff documentary of the same name, narrator Orson Welles explains:

‘Future Shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time; a feeling that nothing is permanent anymore; it’s the reaction to changes that happen so fast that we can’t absorb them, it’s the premature arrival of the future. For those who are unprepared its effects can be pretty devastating.’

We were never going to be prepared, but it seems as though, as of 2020, we’re embarking on our journey into the future defeated. We devoted this issue to understanding, seeing and discussing the effects, triggers and aftermath of this shock. Without giving up on our dreams, we set our sights on topics we can’t ignore.

On the cover: The Screen Door, by Cig Harvey


212 is a biannual magazine based out of Istanbul, published and distributed internationally. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage; distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where east meets west (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul’s favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.