The Pace of Modern Life

19 June 2013 at 9:49 am 6 comments

| Peter Klein |

Technological advance and economic growth are ruining modern life — people don’t write long letters anymore, they don’t spend time together at meals, they speak quickly, and nobody stops to smell the roses. So said critics starting in 1871. A new entry for our “Nothing New under the Sun” series (via Josh Gans). NB: Some of you will tag 1871 as the start of modernity, for a different reason!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doug  |  19 June 2013 at 11:07 am

    1871, BC becomes a province!


  • 2. Randy  |  19 June 2013 at 11:33 am

    The National Rifle Association was founded. In New York, I believe.

  • 3. Peter Klein  |  19 June 2013 at 11:43 am

    I was thinking of Carl Menger, but these are good too.

  • 4. Ulrich  |  19 June 2013 at 4:59 pm

    The second german Reich was founded and a few years later the first social insurance was established.

  • 5. Scott Wallace  |  21 June 2013 at 11:24 am

    This sentiment is nicely captured in Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons.” The film is based on a Booth Tarkington novel that chronicles the decline of a Midwest partiarchal family during the late nineteenth century. The opening montage showing the rapidly shifting fashions in men’s wear sets the theme for the rest of the film. Highly recommended.

  • 6. Rafe’s Roundup 28 June | Catallaxy Files  |  27 June 2013 at 5:57 pm

    […] The pace of modern life, reported in 1870. […]

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