In one of Roger Ebert’s review collections, he commented on how cool it would be if we had movies made before motion-picture technology was actually invented. A costume drama set in the 18th Century is one thing, but suppose it were a film made in the 18th Century, by people with 18-Century minds and assumptions and esthetic sensibilities? What a window on the times it would give us!
Of course, that’s the kind of thing that, barring a “Connecticut Yankee” time-traveler scenario, logically cannot happen. Motion-picture technology depends on electric-light and photography technologies, which depend on earlier steps of technological development, and technological change drives social, political, and cultural change. An 18th Century capable of producing movies would be the 20th Century for all intents and purposes. Same with the Internets.
Nevertheless, let’s pretend. Along the lines of Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog.* What if the SDMB had a searchable archive going back centuries? What kind of threads and posts could one find from times past? And what would be, say, the 19th-Century equivalent of contemporary 'Net jargon phrases such as “blog” and “flame” and “spam” and “viral”?
Who’re you picking, Barabas or Jesus? (The first annual crucifixion post party!!!)
Do women talk about their ankles? (TMI)
Anyone excited for King Lear at the Globe Saturday?
The waltz is evil and corrupting society. WON"T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN???
The pit would have a sub-forum all about black people.
All Ur Colonies Are Belong To Us
Shall I thrash my uppity manservant for failing to black my boots?
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela . . . What are the can’t-miss holy relics?
Debunking phlogiston crackpottery
GQ: Does the Holy Roman Emperor still have any power?
Haydn’s new symphony (#94): SPOILERS
Pit Thread: Copernicus pulls heliocentric theory out of his ass – die, already!
General Questions: Can additional bathing actually help prevent the Black Death?
Great Debates: Is slavery beneficial to those being enslaved?
MPSIMS: A wooly mammoth killed my neighbor today
IMHO: Will railroads replace the need for horses? (a poll)
Cafe Society: The Magic Flute (9/30/91) [open spoilers]
And on preview, damn you, silenus!
Great Debates: Leaving the ocean was a BAD idea.
When come back, bring pottage.
I Pit assholes who drive huge stagecoaches
Rachm Qoch’s Death Pool List, 1793:
Louis XVI of France
Johann Adolph Hasse
Olympe de Gouges
Finally, we learn the name of Evil- Ghengis Khan
Posted 1/5/1920–MMP. I’m building a Death Ray!
You owe me a new clay tablet.
Threads which were sure to be locked in Ye Olden Days:
Doper Priests: I’m dyspectic and covered with boils–Does this sound like demonic possession?
Jews poisoned the wells in Mecklenburg, and I can prove it!
Best place in Canterbury to procure a harlot?
Lady Godiva sighting in Coventry–with sketches!
I’m going to the Marianas Trench next week. (circa 1960 or so)
I pit Lincoln and the war between the states. (circa 1861)