Thursday, March 06, 2014

What's the World Coming To!?

"All that is said by any of us can only be imitation and representation." ―Plato (Critias, 360 BCE)

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." ―Ecclesiastes 1:9 (between c. 330–180 BC)

"That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before." ―Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (c. 161–180 CE)

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Ancient graffiti from Wadi Rum in southwest Jordan [via]

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West Bank wall graffiti [via]

sex ad,  Ephesus

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Ancient ad for a brothel in Ephesus. The ad includes a heart, a cross, a woman’s head, a foot and cash. It has been translated as "turn left at the cross roads where you can buy a woman's love." [via]

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Ancient graffiti from Pompeii [via]

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Robert Cornelius’ self-portrait: The First Ever “Selfie” (1839) [via]

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Victorian graffiti on one of the statues at the Abu Simbel temple complex built by Rameses II [via]

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Pyramid of El [via]


Sketch for Luncheon on the Grass (detail). Claude Monet, 1865

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Cat GIF [via]

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Proto-GIF. Zoetrope disc, England, 1870. [via]

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1917 letter from Lord Fisher to Winston Churchill [via]

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Marcel Duchamp, 1921 [via]

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Ezra Pound, from a letter to Sarah Perkins Cope, April 22, 1934

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Eleanor Roosevelt telegram, 1945

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Fuck the Draft poster / meme (1968) [via]

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Rene Magritte, The Human Condition (1935)


Alan Florencia said...

Can you please remove the picture of the guy taking a selfie? Thank you

Tyler said...

Sure thing, Alan!

The picture in this post was not making fun of you, if you took it that way. I was simply showing that many of the things we take as "new" (and often consider to be silly, crass or vulgar, and then take—wrongly, I'm trying to show—as evidence of some human fall from seriousness and respectability) have in fact been around for quite some time. In this case, the concept of the selfie, as well as the human impulse to photograph oneself.

Regardless, I understand and have removed the image.