The Transformation of Everyday Life
Something’s happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?
Here’s a thought experiment. Take a typical man on the street from the year 1900 and drop him into the 1950s. Then take someone from the 1950s and move him Austin Powers–style into the present day. Who would experience the greater change?
At first glance the answer seems obvious. Thrust forward into the 1950s, a person from the turn of the twentieth century would be awestruck by a world filled with baffling technological wonders. In place of horse-drawn carriages, he would see streets and highways jammed with cars, trucks, and buses. In the cities, immense skyscrapers would line the horizon, and mammoth bridges ...