It occurred to me that the attraction of analogue over digital - as discussed in last week's post - echoes the preference of nineteenth-century thinkers such as Ruskin and Morris for the handmade and crafted over the mass-produced and mechanised. Despite our belief in our own novelty, I'm not sure there are many topics that we debate today that haven't already been thoroughly explored in some shape or form by the Victorians.
Even in the small debates we're usually travelling over worn ground. The England football team's international failure echoes that original Victorian failure commemorated by The Ashes. And the questions don't change much. As Punch wondered back in 1882, was it down to the opposition 'or our own / Want of devil, coolness, nerve, backbone?' We're still wondering but tend to the latter.