Have you ever wondered what our world would be like if we had all of the technology we do now, but we still held on to the superstitions and fears of the 1700s and 1800s? Imagine having Reddit, Buzzfeed, Twitter, and Facebook during the Salem Witch Trials.
At first, it seems like a ridiculous idea. With the development of all this technology comes the opening of new pathways of communication, funneling new ideas in to areas where those ideas had never flourished. But then I hear about how some people in Nigeria are claiming there may have been witchcraft involved in the birth of a physically deformed lamb or that the lamb is the result of bestiality, and I can’t help but think “Oooh, so this is what it would have been like. Stupidity would have spread much faster.”
(You can see the picture of the mutant lamb by following the link above).
This is the year 2012 and we’re in the middle of a massive technological revolution in which we all practically mainline news and information of all types, yet we’re still getting news reports that sound like they’re straight out of a Game of Thrones-style, medieval mentality. It’s like having your iPhone chime with a news bulletin about some guy named Edison and his fancy new wondermajig called the “light blub.” We’re getting news alerts from the distant past, when people were laughably dumb. But they’re not from the past – they’re from a few hours ago, or a few days ago.
The deformed lamb was born on January 22nd, which means as of January 22nd, 2012, there are still people in the world that believe witchcraft is a thing and that humans can crossbreed with animals. You are reading about this news on a website that exists on the internet, which is a vast database for all human knowledge, like something out of turn-of-the-century sci-fi novel about the strides the human race will make over the course of the following century. Soon we will have microchips in our brains that stream news in to our consciousness, live, as it happens. That news will be about some asshole that thinks someone put a hex on him, or a person that’s hot on the trail of Sasquatch.
We may be living in fantastical technological wonderland, but we’re still getting breaking news from our idiotic past.