Hey Dude! What’s Wrong With Modern Culture?

Nobody captures modern culture better than Gary Larson.
Nobody captures modern culture better than Gary Larson.

Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

If I had to explain what’s wrong with modern culture you wouldn’t understand it anyway.

This is not a prompt that cynic such as my self does well with. There is simply nothing about modern culture to place on board.

What would you put aboard: an episode of Two and Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, or The Walking Dead?

What kind of music performances: Miley Cyrus (Wrecking Ball) or Eminem (Rap God)?

What book would you place in the Voyager, Fifty Shades of Gray?

Perhaps a video game, Grand Theft Auto?

These are written, produced, and performed by the best we got. These are the people who are called the creative geniuses of our time.

Likely I would put something on board that modern culture has chosen to preserve from previous cultures.

Here’s my list in corresponding categories:

TV: The Andy Griffith Show, The Walton’s, Gunsmoke, Ed Sullivan, Seinfeld, All in the Family.

Art; Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Norman Rockwell, Gary Larson (Far Side).

Music: The works of Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Gershwin.

Books: Bible, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea.

Movies: The Third Man, Casablanca, Shawshank Redemption, The Princess Bride, Citizen Cane, A Face in the Crowd.

Games: Chess and crossword puzzles.

If it were possible that a Voyager spacecraft could speed into far away galaxies and bits of present day modern culture were on display likely the ones for whom it was meant would say, “Is that the best they could do?”

No, there’s little from modern culture I would choose to send. I’m certain there are exceptions.

There is nothing out there, really. We are it in the universe. Figure it out for yourself. So put what ever you want on your stupid spacecraft, because nobody is going to see it anyway.

Call me nostalgic, call be a critic, call me cynical, call me a fuddy-duddy, but don’t call dude. (Never thought of seeing the day I’d sound like an old crank.)



  1. The opportunity to write a blog is due to modern culture and most of readers of your blog are from modern culture. Everyone likes to stick to times of their youth and childhood and feels it was only the best but have faith in new generation 🙂 we are not that bad. There are lots of changes as time passes you can’t hold the past and you should not…rather enjoy the new era you will also find something worthy.

    • Wow! I feel dissed. Not really. You are correct. The fact is that from my generation there are the same displays of things thought to be good art, but weren’t. They were popular for a while, but never stood the test of time. Very likely there will be much from this era that will stand the test of time and be held as outstanding achievements.
      I’m attempting to be humorous, yet trying to make a point; there’s a lot of crap out there.
      Thanks so mush for taking the time to read and comment wisely.

      • Sorry if I was harsh but my point is just that every culture has something good and something bad in that. If we try to judge we’ll miss to enjoy good things.I also like old music but that doesn’t mean new artist can’t create good art. New culture is little bit blunt but they are honest. We say what we feel rather being modest.

  2. I agree with you on your list of past favorites. Old books, old movies, old furniture – all things I love, but I read a quote the other day that has stuck with me. Today is tomorrow’s “good old days”.

Blather away, if you like.

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