The shock of the new
October 11, 2017 3:11 AM Subscribe
I’m looking for contemporaneous quotes about the danger posed by new inventions, for example the fear that the speed of trains would cause miscarriages or that novels would corrupt the minds of young ladies. The quotes could be about the moral effects of new inventions (‘the pill will end humanity!’) or more practical safety fears. I’m not looking for condemnation of inventions that really do have dangerous potential (nuclear weapons), but rather fears that turned out to be completely unfounded once the new inventions were in regular use. Thank you!