19 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, 161 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
161 Ratings

161 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.

hfjutvhjtb ,

An interesting podcast ruined by bad voice talent.

The host’s unpleasant voice, coupled with his rushed delivery and condescending tone, mar an otherwise interesting podcast. I had to check that I hadn’t accidentally sent the podcast to play at 1.5 times the normal speed. Plus, the speaker’s jokes fall flat every time.

When, oh when, will podcasters recognize that, in an audio medium, attention should be paid to the tone and timbre of those doing the speaking?

DuskMem ,

New find - love it!

This is a new find for me, but I am loving all the stories behind the inventions and objects. Just the kind of thing I like, relating the past to the present day and making you think more critically about current reactions to new things!

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