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Chronological snobbery, a term coined by friends C. S. Lewis and Owen Barfield, is a logical argument (and usually when thus termed, considered an outright fallacy) describing the erroneous argument that the thinking, art, or science of an earlier time is inherently inferior to that of the present, simply by virtue of its temporal priority.

I like the sound of the phrase...

The look at the late 19th century's biking boom and what it may teach us about today's biking culture.

An excerpt:
Excessive competition and over-production during the late 1890s conspired to drive the product’s price within reach of lower-income consumers for the first time since the “craze” began. As the domestic market became increasingly glutted, a few firms took the drastic step of undercutting industry-wide price standards and started charging far lower for their goods than those of their competitors. Products that had sold for $100 in 1895 went for $70 in 1897, and national brands could be had for only $13 in department stores by 1899.

The wheel’s new riders hailed, by and large, from the working-class that had been shut out of the earlier “cycling craze,” and used the bicycle mainly as a utilitarian vehicle. In 1900, Cycling Age could report that that “the bicycle…is most extensively used by the working classes–laboring men in factories, clerks in city offices, carpenters, masons, and persons in similar vocations.” For the middle class, any benefits of the wheel, whether practical or recreational, became outweighed by the social costs of being seen riding one. One ex-rider admitted to the specialty magazine Cycling Age that he had “greatly enjoyed cycling, but that when the bicycle became within the reach of the common folk, or the gentleman of color, he felt that there was a danger of associating himself with a lower caste.”

onny posted over 4 years ago

I feel like I have run into this one occasionally, or done it myself.

JonBro posted over 4 years ago

Chronological Snobbery is brilliant. I feel like it can also work for negative things, arguing that things were always better in the past (though I suppose that's just nostalgia...).

Yann posted over 4 years ago

this video series sort of relates. every movement inevitably spawns another one. usually contrary to the first. haters gonna hate.

bhallbhall posted over 4 years ago

Chronological sobbery aside, I really liked the Honest Trailers t-shirt pitch at the end of Onny's link.

Zach posted over 4 years ago

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