21 episodes

Why do people keep resisting new things? That’s the question Pessimists Archive tries to answer. In each episode, we travel back in time to the moment that a new technology or innovation was introduced—something that today we think of as totally commonplace!—and we explore why everyone was freaking out about it. Our hope is this: By seeing how repetitive and often silly yesterday's fears were, we can begin to defang today’s fears as well.

Pessimists Archive is hosted by Jason Feifer. Follow us on Twitter at @pessimistsarc, which is run by Louis Anslow. Our email is pessimistsarchive@gmail.com, and website is pessimists.co.

Pessimists Archive Podcast PessimistsArc

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    • 4.8, 6 Ratings

Why do people keep resisting new things? That’s the question Pessimists Archive tries to answer. In each episode, we travel back in time to the moment that a new technology or innovation was introduced—something that today we think of as totally commonplace!—and we explore why everyone was freaking out about it. Our hope is this: By seeing how repetitive and often silly yesterday's fears were, we can begin to defang today’s fears as well.

Pessimists Archive is hosted by Jason Feifer. Follow us on Twitter at @pessimistsarc, which is run by Louis Anslow. Our email is pessimistsarchive@gmail.com, and website is pessimists.co.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Cosmic_burrito91 ,

Hilarious and thought provoking - 5 stars!

Really refreshing reminder about the human condition when confronted with the new, the foreign, the different. I would recommend this podcast to everyone and especially those who know they are stuck in their ways, curmudgeon-y and don't like change - as well as being a fact packed, wise-cracking, chuckle inducing romp through past innovation, this podcast shows us how we've always rejected inventions, called them "the devil" and then promptly all started using them in our daily lives. We are easily sucked in by fear of the new, succumb to pseudoscience and propoganda. This podcast gently and very funnily reminds us how historically this notion is often proved false and furthermore, is of en pushed on the public by the ignorant or otherwise biased individuals who seek to gain from a new inventions failure. Now go ahead and enjoy this podcast on your new iPhone 13 or whatever.

Nigelt74 ,

Enjoyable and thought provoking

I heard about this podcast via No Such Thing as a Fish, I really enjoyed it, its well researched, well presented with just a touch of humour to stop it being staid.
Thankd for making the podcast

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