Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2015!
While most people are thinking of new goals such as losing weight, eating healthier, or saving more money, I am sitting thinking about our technological progress as a species.
Each time I think of the fact that it is 2015, I can’t help but look back on my childhood and think about how I (like most people) figured that we would have sent human beings to Mars (or perhaps even to the moons of Jupiter) by now. I also (like others) figured that we would have a colony on the moon or that an airplane would be able to travel from New York to Los Angeles in 20 minutes. Or heck, that we would have moved beyond airplanes. And yes…that we would have flying cars.
Well, at least self driving cars are on the way (maybe?). But then again, I just can’t put my mind around the fact that we sent a man to the moon in 1969 and can’t even dream to do even DARE attempt that in 2015! Can we even break the sound barrier anymore??
Did we peak in the late 1960s?
Instead we have gotten improvements on technologies that existed back in the 1960s. Bigger and better TVs. Better telephones. Better kitchen appliances. GPS and automatic windows in our cars. And of course the internet and social media – which has spawned the “social justice warrior” (see definition of “social justice warrior” in this link). But our vehicles still burn fossil fuels, we still use plug ins and wires for electricity, and the Concorde has not only NOT been improved upon, but has been decommissioned.
When’s the last time we CURED a disease? In the 1980s, I certainly would have thought cancer would be cured by 2015.
Yes, internet and social media is a good thing, but on the other hand, it sure prevents our military from being able to go out and WIN a war. World War II would have never ended had social media been around at that time. Our full military might may never be unleashed again. And that is sad because the irony is that that is exactly what it would take to save more lives. Can you imagine if we went into Afghanistan with our full strength in 2001? We should have bombed them into complete submission, salted the earth, closed our borders, and came home. None of that is possible with social media around.
And can any of you imagine what the Tawana Brawley rape story would have been like had it happened a few months ago, instead of in 1987? A story of a 15 year old black girl being raped by 3 white men (one of whom was a District Attorney, who had his good name smeared by Al Sharpton!), who were shouting racist epithets, would be far too rich for social media and the mainstream media to pass up. Fits their narrative far too well – facts be damned.
The story would have quickly gotten out of control, and the black community and the “social justice” mob would have been whipped into a full blown frenzy before any of the facts ever came in. Tawana Brawley would be a national hero today. She would get an invitation to the White House, constant mentions by liberal members of Congress, and would be the inspiration for new legislation. Then of course, after the grand jury voted NOT to indict (as it did not in 1987 as it was a clearly phony story) there would be riots and undocumented shopping from the protestors. The slandered District Attorney would today be a racist pariah and would have to live in the shadows. He would have to move because some leftist anarchist group would publish his home address. Of course he would have to fear an indictment on “civil rights violations” as well. So he would have to keep a lawyer on retainer.
So, yeah. Instead of improving on getting the facts RIGHT, we have narcissistic social justice mobs and hashtag activists whipped into a frenzy on false information. Social media: our big advancement.
Anyway, Happy 2015 everyone!