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Pessimists Archive Jun 11
"Any man who can afford to keep a road horse will keep one, regardless of all the bicycle and horseless-carriages fads" (The Kansas Sunflower, 1899)
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Pessimists Archive Jul 6
Thread: 'TOO MANY BOOKS' - The New York Times, May 25th, 1884 "We do not deny the treasures of our libraries nor the world-wide collections of the daily press. We wish not the sun of civilization to go back upon the dial, but are we the happier or the wiser for it?" 1/3
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Pessimists Archive Aug 21
1895 sermon against novels - “There are a million men & women in the US today reading themselves into hell!" - “It is a wide gate of hell. Every panel is made out of a bad book or newspaper. Every hinge the interjoined type of a corrupt printing-press"
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Pessimists Archive Aug 20
The Chicago Times banned the telephone in 1882 after “losing all patience with the irritating little instrument.”
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Pessimists Archive Aug 20
40 years ago the Walkman was supposedly cutting us off from reality. Tap to hear article reading:
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
1858 man on speed of telegraphy: "10 days brings us the mails from Europe. What need is there for the scraps of news in 10 minutes?“ (Podcast on history: )
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
Replying to @PessimistsArc
Note: the article consisted of many public intellectuals weighing in - one pointed out more than 1 million child labourers existed in US at that time.
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
This headline was written in 1909 This photograph was taken in 1909
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
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Pessimists Archive Aug 19
1909: Writer says the aeroplane stands no chance because women don’t like flying costumes, calling it a "death blow for the little air machine."
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
1858 man on speed of telegraphy: "10 days brings us the mails from Europe. What need is there for the scraps of news in 10 minutes?“ (Podcast on history: )
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
Replying to @PessimistsArc
Ironically, on the same page 'radio visuality' (television) was predicted as 6-months away.
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
In 1927 the entire cast of a broadway show called 'SEX' was sentenced to the workhouse for 'corrupting of public morals' and 'the morals of youth'
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
Let him free and jail television executives instead! (1977)
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Pessimists Archive Aug 18
Parents! Make sure your child isn’t using "radio as a means of emotional overstimulation or as a retreat into a shadow world of reality” (1946)
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Chelsea Olivia Follett Aug 17
An old technophobic cartoon about how air travel would allegedly destroy civilization, seen at the National Air and Space Museum.
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Pessimists Archive Aug 17
Replying to @edyson
“What the world needs is a home computer that does windows” - Esther Dyson () Esther was right... but not in the way she thought (Windows 1.0 was 8-months from launch) or was this a double entendre referencing GUI interfaces?
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Pessimists Archive Aug 17
If you didn’t slice your bread this morning you’re like those people in Wall-E
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