This originally appeared on misteragyeman.blogspot.com on September 19, 2014.
I just found this on xkcd. (Many an hour spent there, oh yes.)
The actual image is very long, with sampled opinions stretching down to our current day. I’m not sure if the author of the comic was making a point about how people always think the generation before had it better – I call this the Golden Age phenomenon – or if he was illustrating a pattern.
I see a pattern myself. It’s made me quite solemn, actually, because I unconsciously skipped about a fifth of the words in the quote, and I regularly read books. I had been thinking about an image series on slowing down. I think I’ll do it soon.