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[-] [email protected] 254 points 10 months ago
[-] gk99 60 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

This is the 50s, I think it'd be pretty easy to draw a line from casual racism to white supremacists. A key difference this time is that it's not just Germans led by one insane man, it's instead a bunch of redneck prices and conspiracy theorists.

[-] GeoGio7 28 points 10 months ago

Before the US got involved in WWII, there was a giant Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden...

[-] [email protected] 18 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

There was a lot more than that. There were Nazi sympathizers, and saboteurs, and those who plotted to overthrow the US government. People like Father Charles Coughlin reading Goebbels’ propaganda on the radio to millions of listeners and forming an anti-government militia, and legislators like US Senator Ernest Lundeen working directly with Nazis and reading speeches literally written by them.

Highly recommend Rachel Maddow’s Ultra podcast if you want to say holy shit every few minutes.

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[-] [email protected] 236 points 10 months ago

I'm just going to steal the response I read years ago.

"I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get into arguments with strangers."

[-] Melvin_Ferd 43 points 10 months ago

I've started l to realize that actual information worth reading is not available. Like I cant access in depth medical course or text book in engineering. Lots of beginner tutorials marketed as 7 minute abs.

Information is valuable and nobody gives it away for free. We have access to a worlds worth of crappy, unvetted trash information. But the vast majority of the good stuff is still locked away as it always was.

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 10 months ago

This does make me think. I remember the days where I would turn up at the library to read books. With my phone, I can read and learn but instead I doom scroll.

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[-] [email protected] 19 points 10 months ago

"It arguably made us all a lot dumber..."

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[-] AlataOrange 122 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

I'm going to go on a different angle on this one and say that we are much tougher on sexual harassment. I feel like a lot of people from the 1950s who have grown up on pulp sci-fi like Flash Gordon could accept a lot of modern technology and the internet as basically just magic. To be fair is how a lot of modern people also accept it. But I don't think they would be able to process the move towards egalitarianism that we have taken.

That is not to say that modern society is egalitarian only that we have made good strides in achieving that aim.

Edit: Turns out Gordon is from the '70s, but other pulp sci-fi exist so my statement stands.

[-] [email protected] 33 points 10 months ago

Edit: Turns out Gordon is from the '70s, but other pulp sci-fi exist so my statement stands.

Live action Flash Gordon was from the 50s

[-] [email protected] 87 points 10 months ago

"Yes, they are allowed to be on the same bus as us. No, we don't call them that anymore"

[-] jetsetdorito 16 points 10 months ago

"Bus? No we bulldozed hundreds of neighborhoods to build highways so now everyone has to have a car"

[-] [email protected] 15 points 10 months ago

Depends where they appeared

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[-] [email protected] 85 points 10 months ago

Things they considered morally fine (smoking, dropping litter, 40 year olds dating 16 year olds) is morally reprehensible, while things they thought were morally wrong or even outlawed are totally acceptable (homosexually, porn, divorce).

[-] Snekeyes 21 points 10 months ago

You just explained a large selection of boomers.

[-] Countess425 16 points 10 months ago

Yeah, a lot of them were born in the 1950s.

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[-] Antimutt 85 points 10 months ago

That smoking is bad for them. You'd just be banging your head against their socially-acceptable-at-the-time drug addiction.

[-] rcmaehl 25 points 10 months ago

Person from 2020 magically appearing in 2090 and being told caffeine/excessive sugar is now regulated and ID checked

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[-] z00s 72 points 10 months ago

Why the Nazis are back, and in America of all places

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[-] Arsenal4ever 56 points 10 months ago

Depends a lot on the color of their skin.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 10 months ago

"You're telling me there was a black president and he wasn't assassinated? Sure, buddy! Now let me get back to my sharecropping."

[-] Hypersapien 42 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

We walk around with a little rectangle in our pocket that gives us access to the sum total of human knowledge, but we mostly use it for looking at funny captioned pictures, the same pictures over and over just with different captions.

It's called a phone but no one ever uses it as one.

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[-] OptimusPhillip 39 points 10 months ago

"You see, the file itself can be copied by anyone, but this one little piece of metadata can never be duplicated. That means you own the file."

[-] [email protected] 16 points 10 months ago

“What is a file? Are you working for the FBI?”

[-] derelict 38 points 10 months ago
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[-] Herrmens 36 points 10 months ago

The Internet, social media and how we can access absolutely everything from this tiny device

[-] jesterraiin 16 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

Plenty of SF writers lived in that era and they predicted the Internet.

For example: I can name the writer and his novel where he predicted AI writing engines.

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[-] Blastoid5000 34 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

#3 Why we still haven't got colonies on the moon

#2 Climate change

#1 That fascism is back

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[-] [email protected] 31 points 10 months ago

Most difficult imho would be to explain why we haven't advanced any further. If the person is 50 in 1950 he started with horse carriages and saw development to intercontinental bombers, rockets etc. The landing on moon would astonish him, advances in medical sciences and computing too but he probably would ask: "And what are you using that neat little gadgets for?"

[-] Burninator05 23 points 10 months ago

I'm using this little gadget for all my banking needs, a significant amount of my shopping, to stay instantly connected with friends/family and strangers with common interests all around the world, to almost instantly find information on almost any topic, to watch any of a hundred thousand movies or TV shows instantly on demand, and it's also a telephone.

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[-] dylanTheDeveloper 28 points 10 months ago

You have to goto the store to buy milk instead of having it delivered fresh

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[-] incognito_tuna 28 points 10 months ago

That we’ve been to the moon - in there 60s - but haven’t been back or been out further. I think it would just be against all their expectations.

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[-] AnalogyAddict 28 points 10 months ago

How easily we can know anything, yet how diligently we fail to learn anything.

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[-] FlyingSquid 24 points 10 months ago

A lack of 'whites only' signs.

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[-] [email protected] 23 points 10 months ago

We still work 8 hours/day!

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 10 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

That shitty actor from Bedtime for Bonzo becomes president.

[-] MajorHavoc 18 points 10 months ago

"Ronald Reagan, the actor?!"

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

nature and resources are not infinite. you are responsible for your actions no matter how terribly hard your childhood was. you cant buy a house for a years loan. we are all fucked.

[-] paddirn 19 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

A significant chunk of Americans support Russia over their own country and are actually opposed to the US providing aid to a country being attacked by Russia. I mean, I guess they had the Red Scare, but this is more Americans opposed to Left-leaning politics who support Russia's authoritarianism.

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[-] afraid_of_zombies 18 points 10 months ago

Statistically? Ok, you have to learn Mandarin and there are these things called time zones but you only get one but shouldhave at least 3.

Like 1 out of 4 people at the time were from China.

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[-] [email protected] 17 points 10 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 17 points 10 months ago

Ronald Reagan was President for 8 years.

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 10 months ago

How after World War 2 we didn't truly learn and still fight wars over racism, nationalism and other reasons that keep us from uniting.

How we managed to ruin the earth to a severe degree in just 50 years or so.

And video games.

And The Flintstones.

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[-] LegionElite 15 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

How nothing got better and people like killing children in the school system as sport. Oh, and ask this person what pronouns they want for their identity.

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