As promised in my preceding post, I would like to share another of my digital treasures; the eponymous blog, Modern Mechanix, which also includes extracts from various science and technology magazines published in the US from 1920's till the 1980's. Modern Mechanix is a continuum of speculative prediction and articles that range from the bizarre to the mundane, occasionally revealing a grain of truth with echoes in the present, or depicting a paradoxical utopia/dystopia.
Those who know me understand my fascination for the absurd, and the surreal. I love these images and illustrations which would grace the portfolios of the Futurists,
Surrealists and indeed the Dada movement. They are source of creative inspiration and resources when needed. Although there
is much to laugh at, there are also some disturbing underlying concepts.
From todays standpoint is is fascinating to revisit the zeitgeist, and try to interpet the aspirations and fears of the times. Modern Mechanix provides an interesting subtext to the official histories and journals; after all what kind of man would own his own computer? Please feel free to add your own nominations of current technologies, which might be included in future issues of Mechanix, as a comment. Finally, this entry, always makes me think of Andrew Keen and typewriters. Thanks to Boing Boing for the pointer.