Hill: The world in which the United States of America does not exist as an idea, a people, a government, a player in world affairs, or even as a land mass is impossible for an American to imagine because Americans are fed with this idea that the USA is crucial from the time they are small, through media including books, TV, internet and other people such as parents, teachers, classmates and neighbors.
Well, that depends if you believe in “Great Man” history or zeitgeist. It’s possible that another similarly situated nation would have developed the internet anyway at some point within, say, a 30 yr window simply because interest and technology had advanced enough for it to be possible.
it’s true that the US isn’t the be-all and end-all and it was sometime after high school that the thought clicked in, probably sometime in college.But for it to never have existed is a thought I hadn’t considered until seeing that image yesterday.
Possibly. There’s a number of potential launching points.
Well, after the Nuremberg trials.
That’s what makes it hard. I can imagine a world pre Atomic bomb without the USA but not after.
it sorta was. I mean many of the parts were there. Existing worldwide telegraph/telephone and operators were being replaced with auto switching stations.But it wasn’t until 48 I think that Claude Shannon’s work came out which was crucial. Then again, Shannon’s work could easily have been figured out by another.
Oh it wasn’t my drawing No idea who did it. I had to stare at it for a bit to really understand what it was saying. If it was just Canada + Mexico take over land mass, I wouldn’t have paid it any mind.
But when I realized “woah it’s just… gone”, it was strange and I had to process it.