« Fix income inequality with $10 million loans for everyone! | Main | These are the things statists do. »

April 17, 2012

"We can no longer know what it was like when fire was the source of all light."

The number of people who remember life before the arrival of Edison’s bulb
has dwindled to just a few, and when they go they’ll take with them all remaining memory of that earlier, pre-electric world. The same will happen, sometime toward the end of this century, with the memory of the world that existed before the computer and the Internet became commonplace. We’ll be the ones who bear it away. -- Nicholas Carr, Flame and filament

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 17, 2012 6:08 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Really? electricity wasn't common in Vermont until the '50's; Victory and Granby, in the Northeast Kingdom, were powered up in 1964.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at April 18, 2012 3:52 AM

That's in America. Africa still has people who may have never seen electric light beyond things like cars and flash lights. Lots and lots of people who don't have it in their homes and a huge majority certainly wouldn't be surprised to flip the switch and find it was off for a while. (unscheduled load shedding if you will)

Posted by: Anonymous at April 18, 2012 7:28 PM

I saw an article several months ago where an executive at a British electric company said that people need to get used to the idea that the power won't necessarily be there whenever they turn on the light switch.

Socialism! Is there anything it can't do?

Well, it can return us to the pre-industrial era, apparently.

Posted by: rickl at April 18, 2012 7:44 PM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)