At the Inauguration

While I’m in D.C. at the inauguration, I’m posting my list of things that would most fascinate our nation’s founding fathers if they ever returned. Again, as with this post, I’m largely doing it to demonstrate my nerdiness:

  • The election of President Obama and advances toward racial equality
  • Cultural diversity and the influence of urban culture
  • Plastic
  • Life expectancies
  • Modern manufacturing and distribution
  • Manned flight, especially military & commercial
  • Submarines
  • Nuclear everything—power, bombs, Manhattan project, efforts in containment
  • Space exploration
  • Sports obsessions
  • Skyscrapers & metropolitan centers
  • Progress of Asia & other developing regions
  • Darwinism
  • Popular music
  • Cultural informality, immodesty, & shamelessness
  • The Republican & Democratic party platforms
  • Wireless technologies—radio, broadcast TV, radar, cell phones, texting, WiFi, GPS
  • Personal recording & transmission of images & sounds–cameras, videos, iPods
  • World-wide success of democracy
  • Refrigeration & air conditioning
  • The United Nations, the EU, & the nation of Israel
  • Communism
  • Modern warfare & military technologies
  • The ubiquitous automobile, its infrastructure, & effortless travel
  • The internet & availability of information
  • Advances of women
  • Diminished influence of religion
  • Variety & abundance of food
  • Fossil fuels
  • America’s wars, especially the Civil & World Wars
  • The domestication and incorporation of America’s West
  • Present-day perceptions of their era
  • Subsequent presidents’ legacies—Lincoln, Roosevelts, Kennedy, Nixon
  • Screen-based entertainment–television, movies, video games
  • Lights, especially flat panel screens
  • The transmission & widespread utilization of electricity
  • Microscopic technologies
  • Medical advancements
  • Computers
  • Magnitude & efficiency of the American stock market & economy
  • Deterioration of the family in Western culture
  • American world preeminence

My, how things have changed. Feel free to submit any that I’ve missed. They’ll probably post after I return.

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~ by shad on January 20, 2009.

5 Responses to “At the Inauguration”

  1. Digital clocks. Anime RPG’s. TV game shows. Carmen Sandiego. AIDS.

  2. Chicago winters.

    Not that they didn’t have winter then, but I live here and I can’t believe it.

  3. Kitchen gadgets like microwaves, blenders, toasters; personal grooming gadgets like hairdryers, electric razors; things like Treadmills, sneakers, workout videos; Cosmetic Surgery; cruise ships; modern art; pre-fab houses; Pop-Rocks

    Also, this post made me think of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  4. I like SoCrates

  5. TV dinners or the like…

    With the aid of technology, how much less work we need to do to run a household. My friend did a skit on this once. First she was a woman who had to run a household without any modern conviences. Everything took so much time and work that she didn’t have time for God. Then she was a modern woman, and even though she had things to wash her clothes and dishes, etc, her day was stilled filled with “things.”

    Certain modern careers.

    Advances in medicine.

    Lack of modesty in dress.

    Words on the the butt of pants.

    Sesame Street. Just kidding. It’s on in our house right now.

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