The universe and our existence can be seen as cycles some are steep, same flat; some short, some a bit longer ... but you need the right distance. Otherwise you cycle will be a lying s-curve, a straight line or just a black spot on the sky.
Opposite to the Gardners Life cycle PR The Valleywag Cycle show's just three segments of this cycles (as s-curve) and places the "Unstoppable", the "back from dead" and the "over-over-hyped"
and steering up the discussion. More
Gartner’s 2006 Hype Cycle 2006: Emerging Technologies