gammatron has a retro-futurism link

gammatron has a retro-futurism link to a 50 year old Popular Mechanics article about life in 2000. I usually enjoy this sort of thing, but it was a bit to political, IMO, and not in a good way. The closing paragraph is a good example of what I mean:

Any marked departure from what Joe Dobson and his fellow citizens wear and eat and how they amuse themselves will arouse comment. If old Mrs. Underwood, who lives around the corner from the Dobsons and who was born in 1920 insists on sleeping under an old-fashioned comforter instead of an aerogel blanket of glass puffed with air so that it is as light as thistledown she must expect people to talk about her “queerness.” It is astonishing how easily the great majority of us fall into step with our neighbors. And after all, is the standardization of life to be deplored if we can have a house like Joe Dobson’s, a standardized helicopter, luxurious standardized household appointments, and food that was out of the reach of any Roman emperor?

brrrr.

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