Imagining the future in the past and the future
Unpacking the Zeitgeist tries to explain spam in World of Warcraft to someone living in 1977. Or maybe just your typical adult in 2007, it could work either way.
It’s an exercise I’ve pondered quite a bit — what would someone from, say, 1950 (or even 1750) think of the 21st century? Would the Internet make any sense? Cell phones? The iPod? Almost everything I’m doing right now would be confusing. I’m IMing my friends while blogging while surfing the internet while recharging my cell phone while thinking of playing Carcassonne on the X-Box 360.
Will 2037 seem just as strange?