Back to the Future

So you think the media has been “dumbing down” or that our obsession for fad diets and bizarre headlines is something dreamt up in recent years?  Think again… this stash of tabloids from 1937/1938 prove that things weren’t always better before.

Some things definitely were better before mind you.  Check out these lovely French illustrations from 1910 predicting what the world might look like in the year 2000.  Beautifully innocent!

And I bet you didn’t know that even the term Dumbing Down isn’t a new media invention… first recorded in 1928 but only recently escaped from academia and the literati into the world of the twitterati.

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