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Derek Thompson
It's wild how much the physical world changed in the generation before WWI. In 1880, NYC had no subway, no cars, and the tallest building was a church. In 1915, it had a subway, thousands of cars, a taxi system, the US’s first bike lane, and the world’s 3 tallest skyscrapers.
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Conor Sen Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
Closest analogy we have is probably 1980 media — newspapers, magazines, big 3 TV stations — to today with the Internet.
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
The physical infrastructure of the modern world was "invented" in like 30 years. Like, look at the sub/urban world. What do you see? Cars, car roads, bikes, steel-frame construction, zoned residences, maybe a plane. All of that was invented in one generation!
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @conorsen
yep. in a weird way, the physical world was "finished" in 1915, from an invention standpoint. of course, there were innovative tweaks to make buildings taller, cars faster, etc. but so much invention has just moved to other (smaller?) places, like media
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Dan Mitchell Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
These are the things I think of whenever someone notes how change is happening too fast (which, to be sure, it is in some ways). I often think in music terms, which is not unrelated to technology: Jolson --> Dylan was much more radical than Dylan --> Gaga.
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @Fortunes_Wheel
exactly. or, or even dramatically, art. cheap cameras democratize verisimilar artistic representations and art arguably changes more in the 20 years from 1895 to 1915 with the rise of cubism/abstraction than in the previous 2,000 years
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Jeff Hauser Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp @conorsen
air conditioning was, at least meaningfully, invented a little later. of massive consequence to the geography of where people live.
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @jeffhauser @conorsen
it was invented SMACK DAB in the middle of this period! 1902
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Zeta Zetan Jun 15
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @ZetaZetan
where is this from??
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Zeta Zetan Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
March 21, 1909 edition of the New York Sun:
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @ZetaZetan
my god. Thank you!!
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Peter Merholz Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
Not only that but: electrification the invention of cinema and the distribution of film the popularization of recorded sound the thirty years before World War I probably saw the most rapid sociotechnical change in human history (still)
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @peterme
YEP! and air conditioning, and cameras, and sneakers, and sweaters, and Coca Cola, and Einstein's relativity papers, and quantum mechanics ....
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Meredith McDonough Jun 15
Replying to @DKThomp
Eric Hobsbawm’s The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 makes gorgeous light of this unfathomable transformation. Highly, highly recommend.
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Derek Thompson Jun 15
Replying to @MCMCD_
LOVE that book
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