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this reminds me of the introduction in "the rise of the creative class." it starts off by saying that if you took an average person from 100 years ago and one from 50 years ago and time machined into the present, things would seem stranger to the person from the 50's. looking at a 100 year's difference it wouldn't seem like things are as radically different as you'd expect. people still drive cars, people still talk on telephones (wireless though they may be), and fly in airplanes, and watch movies, etc. but if you consider the differences between the way people work and live now vs. 50 years ago, that's the really startling part. the whole fundamental 9-5, working/not-working life arrangement is becoming eroded, and the greater openmindedness towards and acceptance of all sorts of different lifestyles and hybridity would seem completely foreign. the author says that while after a 100 years jump in time life would still "look" familiar enough that you'd be able to figure out how to function amid all the upgraded technology, even after just 50 you'd be completely lost in terms of how to navigate all the differences in social norms. in our 50 the biggest social norm change will undoubtedly be about environmental sustainability. and not taking it seriously will seem as antiquated as race jokes.

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