My dad always tells stories of his youth in an impoverished village in post-war Spain and when once coming to the city, he asked where he could poo. He was directed to a toilet, but came out of it amazed: “This must be a mistake – it is so white and clean!”
Now wipe that smile off your face. You have most probably also experienced something similar. If you are aged over 25, you were born in a world without internet. Do you remember the first time you surfed the web? How did you feel when you first chatted online with someone? I remember a mix of clumsiness and amazement, pretty much the same as the old folk with the toilet, I guess. And I think that is what Stanley Kubrick wanted to say to us in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, when the ape discovers the power of the tool. In his case, a simple bone-stick.
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