The Rise and Fall of .. things

In the past week, I’ve read three separate peices comparing either the US, the “Developed World” or broadcast TV to the Roman Empire just before it fell (well, I skimmed a few, there was a lot of detail). Finding parallels is a fun game to play, but I couldn’t help thinking:

I read them in the Roman alphabet, over two months with Roman names, most of the words over two syllables were Roman (well, French) and my state Premier and Federal Opposition Leader regularly consult with representatives of the Roman Pontifex Maximus.

So, provided they’re prepared to change a little, uncle Sam, the first world and the networks might not have so much to fear.

(BTW here are two of the articles:


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