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.)