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So I'm writing an essay on modernity and part of what I'm trying to do is make a list of things, could be items, could be concepts, that are generally considered to be modern. From this I will then try to deduce what aspects they have in common and create a set of aspects that modern things seem to possess to some degree. I have some ideas of my own, but I'm interested in seeing what you can come up with.

So can you name some things or concepts that you consider to be modern and why?
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The industrial revolution. The 40-hour work week. Domestic plumbing and electricity. The internet. Minimum wage. Subsidized education and healthcare.

They are all the results of technological advances, and they are evidence of people working together as a society, rather than each man for himself.

EDIT: I think freedom of choice is an important modern concept. I don't know what life was like centuries ago, but I imagin your options were more limited than they are today. There was less social mobility, and your job was probably the same as your dad's.
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Space exploration, availability of information, wide social liberties, what "privacy" really means, new types of warfare, etc
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The Internet, the capacity of learning anything, social regression, obsolescence.
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people getting off to sonic the hedgehog




#12
EDM, more importantly the growing complexity/popularity of electronic music in general, is actually a good one
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Alright, so I'm seeing some good suggestions here that I'll probably use. Keep 'em coming. Please elaborate on why you consider it modern if you can, it would help me a lot.
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According to behindthename.com Jorja is the most "modern" name of all.
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What do you need elaboration on? I feel like "space exploration" and "the internet" are self-evidently modern...
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I can elaborate if you need me to
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What do you need elaboration on? I feel like "space exploration" and "the internet" are self-evidently modern...


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What do you need elaboration on? I feel like "space exploration" and "the internet" are self-evidently modern...
I agree that they are modern things yes, but why? Is it because it's relatively new? Because it uses a lot of technological progress? I personally find it quite difficult to put my finger on exactly why I think it is modern.
If you had to use one word to describe why you feel it is modern, what would it be?
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one word?
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If you had to use one word to describe why you feel it is modern, what would it be?


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The fact that children are seen as innocent and need protection and shelter from the world is actually a very modern concept that's only been around for maybe 100 years tops.
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I disagree. What I may consider modern, other may not. By making this thread, I'm trying to find things that everyone seems to agree on being modern. I call it research. What I wrote in the OP is only a small part of my essay.
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I disagree. What I may consider modern, other may not. By making this thread, I'm trying to find things that everyone seems to agree on being modern. I call it research. What I wrote in the OP is only a small part of my essay.

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The fact that children are seen as innocent and need protection and shelter from the world is actually a very modern concept that's only been around for maybe 100 years tops.


and it's ****ed up the world something terrible
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Originally Posted by Tulkas
Stairway is required on any list of anything involving the words guitar or song, I believe Congress amended the constitution in order to put it into federal law.
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You could look at some of the translational aspects of modernity. For example, I went on a bus tour of Madrid and the whole tour was narrated by a recording. You plugged your headphones into the seat in front of you and chose your language. There was a huge list of languages. This translational technology and integration is decidedly modern.
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I agree that they are modern things yes, but why? Is it because it's relatively new? Because it uses a lot of technological progress? I personally find it quite difficult to put my finger on exactly why I think it is modern.
If you had to use one word to describe why you feel it is modern, what would it be?


Space Exploration is more "modern" because we want to know more of what's outside of Earth; whether there's any other life forms or any other planets we could live on and such. We have the ability to travel into space and explore it, so why not?

Internet is self-explanatory; it's innovative and convenient.
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#32
Modern? Or contemporary? Or post-modern?

Because we're sort of out of the modern age. If you want modern read some hemmingway.

Actually everybody should go read some hemmingway.
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Your mother is modern.
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Abolishment of the death sentence (that goes for every non 3rd world country).
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As far as history goes, modern starts at approximately the 16th century.

-Widespread literacy
-Biological sense of "race" tied to skin color
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not Post Modernism
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Time? One thing that has definitely changed is time, in a way.
Going from slower to faster.

Carefully writing out a letter, pen and ink, posting it "snail mail", to writing an email and sending it instantly.
We're often too busy to go to a shop (or wait for a shopping trip) to buy things, but instead order it online and get it delivered the next day.
Travel - fly to another country, where it would have taken weeks to travel any other way.
Smoking - a "quick ciggie" now, compared to a slow, contemplative pipe then.


Of course - not all just "time". Perhaps our view of time? How we use it, manage it, gain it and waste it?
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