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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.

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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.

    Faces, Faces, Faces!

    Faces, Faces, Faces!

    Do you suffer from automobile face? What about airplane face? Or moving-picture face? These are just some examples from a strange historical pattern: For more than a century, people have claimed that new technologies are physically deforming our faces -- and we still say it today. On this episode, we explore where this fear comes from, what it means, and what happens when the fear really does come true. Time to put on your podcast face!

    Get in touch:

    Twitter: @pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 50 min
    Teddy Bears

    Teddy Bears

    Cute and cuddly, or a “horrible monstrosity” that’ll destroy humanity? In 1907, many people feared the worst—that this new toy would ruin young girls’ developing maternal instincts, and lead us to a terrible fate. This is the story of how the teddy bear changed us all… and how we then changed the bear.

    Get in touch!

    Twitter: @pessimistsarc
    Web: www.pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    Mirrors

    Mirrors

    Vanity was born when the mirror was discovered. That’s what the Chicago Record wrote in 1895, around the time when mirrors became a household item. People (and especially women) were condemned for looking in the mirror, and accused of being sinful. But then the mirror altered the way we think about vanity altogether—forever changing the way we look at ourselves. In this episode, we explore the history of the mirror, the history of vanity, and what it can teach us about today’s obsession over selfies.

    Get in touch!

    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc

    Web: pessimists.co

    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 51 min
    Scooters (and Roller Skates)

    Scooters (and Roller Skates)

    As cities freak out over e-scooters today, it’s worth looking back at when these devices were actually new. Why did people love motorized scooters in 1915, what’s different a century later, and what does all of this have to do with roller skates? They’re big questions. And the answers just might lead us to rethink how our cities are designed.

    • 47 min
    Comic Books

    Comic Books

    In the 1950s, America declared war on the comic book. People feared that they’d turn children into hardened criminals, and so opponents burned them in large piles, states banned them, and the U.S. Senate investigated their dangers. The man leading the charge was a psychologist named Fredric Wertham, whose research fueled people’s fears. In this episode, we take a close look at Wertham to ask: How does someone come to yield so much cultural influence? And how should the rest of us react?

    Get in touch:

    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    Elevator

    Elevator

    The elevator has had a lot of ups and downs. (Sorry, sorry.) As the innovation gained popularity in the late 1800s, it had a profound effect on the way we organize our cities and ourselves. It was also blamed for a rise in crime, for causing something called brain fever, for destroying civil society, and more.

    On this episode of Pessimists Archive, we look at how the elevator shaped our world, why not everyone loved that, and what it has to teach us about the next big change. Because while the elevator may seem like old technology today, it has a big lesson for us about the future of transportation.

    Contact us:

    Twitter: @pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 41 min

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Johan Nordberg ,

Optimistic

This is without a doubt one of the best podcasts I listen to. It put words to so much stuff I think is annoying with most people that express their opinions online, on tv or in the press. It also makes me more optimistic.

elektraaaaaa ,

AMAZING

This podcast is worth every minute. It’s inspiring and educational. Can’t believe I haven’t listened to it earlier. Life changing

Permintar ,

Wonderful and funny

This podcast is both thought worthy and funny and it gives a different perspective on history. And contrary to it’s name it paints a positive outlook on the future since we, as time goes by, tend to develop towards the better. Keep it up. You are doing a great job.

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