how people use to imagine the future:
how people now imagine the future:
this actually says so much about society
I don’t usually reblog this kinda thing but I feel compelled to point out that fear for the future has existed literally as long as people have been imagining the future, and most especially as long as people have been imagining it in the form of science fiction. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 came out in 1953. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four came out in 1949. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World came out in 1932. Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. (the play that included the first use of the word “robot”) came out in 1920. Jack London’s The Iron Heel came out in 1908. H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine came out in 1895, for goodness’s sake.
There’s just not a time you can point to in the history of science fiction when “people use [sic] to imagine the future” as a flawless utopia. We have always been worried. This doesn’t say “so much about society.” It says a lot about human nature.