The Most Difficult Thing to Explain to Someone From the 1950’s

In a recent Six Pixels of Separation podcast, Mitch Joel tells Seth Godin about a question with an amusing answer he saw on Reddit that week.

If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?

If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?

One of the best answers was:

Reddit - 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 in arguments with strangers.

Really makes you think about how far we’ve come and yet so many people never really use the internet to its full potential.

What do you think?

 

 

2 replies
  1. Elizabeth Popowich
    Elizabeth Popowich says:

    What do I think? Well, I think there are people from the 1950’s all around us; I am one of them although, granted, I was a toddler in the late 1950’s. I don’t need to appear; I’m here. And I’m pretty sure I am visible. So, I find it a little odd that the person posing the question (and the respondents) wouldn’t consider that someone born in 1950 would only be approaching 63 years of age. The intent of the question is good…prompts thought…but the math is flawed.

  2. Jeph Maystruck
    Jeph Maystruck says:

    I think they meant if someone time traveled here from the 1950’s. The best answer I saw was explaining to them that Queen Elizabeth II is still the Queen. Ha!

    Thanks for reading!

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