18 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

    • Technology
    • 4.8, 133 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
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

All Out Best ,

Great history podcast

This podcast explores humanities habitual fears of new technologies. By looking towards the past, this show puts our modern fears in context.

Taylorbirds ,

Please stop yelling.

I can’t enjoy this podcast because of the audio quality. Interesting topics and seemingly well researched but I will not listen to a podcast where I have to constantly adjust my volume. The host had a similar style to Malcom Gladwell (who I love!!) but take note from Revisionist History - you can have passion and balanced sound levels.

Jon-027 ,

Great, with one flaw

I love the show. Great premise, great stories, great research. The only problem I have is the tone. I don't know why it has to be so angry and loud at times. I don't really like being yelled/ranted at. The show would work just as fine if the host toned that down a bit. Let the listener be outraged. We don't need to hear it from you over and over again. The yelling is also really LOUD. I actually find myself scrambling to turn the volume down when he starts yelling. So offputting and ruins an otherwise great show.

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