Can you guess when the following quote was published?
The world is too big for us. Too much is going on. Too many crimes. Too much violence and excitement. It’s a constant strain to keep peace, and still, you lose ground. Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless bewilderment. The political world now changes so rapidly, you’re out of breath trying to keep pace with who’s in and who’s out. Everything is high pressure. Human nature can’t endure much more!
This passage appeared in the Atlantic Journal on June 16, 1833; 185 years ago. This quote illustrates how, in many ways, we’re very similar to those who lived way back when. We assume far too readily that we have very little in common with past generations. Certainly, much has changed, but much remains the same. In fact, the conveniences we currently enjoy perform the same functions as those whose appearance has simply changed in its presentation. Here are some examples:
Where have all the encyclopedias gone?
The final print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica – a 32-volume set of books – was released in 2010. Where did this information come from? An online encyclopedia of course, called Wikipedia.
Phone books look different
Very few households rely on a 100-page book filled with names and phone numbers. Instead, consumers look up names and businesses on their computer, or their Smartphone…but phone books still exist, they’re just “housed” differently.
Before digital cameras….
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