I fail. I just fail, haha... I'm not sure whether or not this goes under setting development or the sci-fi genre section - the latter had something about futuristic realism, which is what I want, but seemed for focused on technology. Granted, I need to work that out too, but this thread is more concerned with the social mores and issues of the day. I feel like I'm asking people to write my story for me. But how do you try to predict what social, political, ecological, economic issues will plague society in the future, how tech will effect people's lives (once you figure out the tech), what will be popular or desirable or elite compared to now? I guess I'm kind of afraid of writing something incredibly stupid or ignorant, or cliched. It doesn't help to throw in how I'm a bit of a luddite, most future tech predictions don't sound very enticing to me (quite a few I found before and after making this post make me internally go "ew..."). But knowing I might have to incorporate them in my setting makes me unsure. I literally just had an idea for a plot theme while writing this. Nonetheless, if anyone knows how to analyze this kind of stuff properly, I'd appreciate it.