SOCIALIST REALISM: Before the cosmonaut can take their first step, an army of workers must crunch numbers, fabricate parts, draft blueprints, and test and design rocketry.
CAPITALISM: uuuhh Elon Musk makes the rockets go.
god i remember somebody gave a slideshow on elon musk in my presentation class, the number of times they kept saying "elon musk [did/made/invented] X" was infuriating
@iitalics The number of people who don't know we had electric vehicles in the 1800s and the market decided we had to go with gas is pretty amazing
@iitalics we even had STEAM cars. yeah they were huge and basically tanks, but I kinda want to live in the alternate history where steam cars won out
Electric cars really weren't realistically viable; electric storage is hard, and so a realistic electric car needed power distribution tech we didn't even know how to build. As a result, prototype electric cars were slow, short range, and lacking in power
Those characteristics made them seem "effeminate" to the sexists of the time, but that's not the reason they didn't succeed in the market
@cosine @interneteh @iitalics indeed steam engines lived on much longer in the train world, and their technologies were improved continuously until the 1950es. But as far as I understand, they were replaced by diesel and electric engines because those had much better fuel efficiency, and required less costly infrastructure and personell to run (and electricity was also a much cleaner and versatile technology).
I wonder though if there is still development potential in steam engines.
Also before small motor cars became popular, petroleum spirit (gasoline) was near enough an unwanted byproduct of oil refining as it was too dangerous for light, space heating and cooking (too easy to cause uncontrolled fires), motorists also wanted faster cars (outside urban areas, formal speed limits didn't exist in many countries until the 1960s) and society became more and more dependent on car-related mobility..
@interneteh I approve the sentiment but I seriously doubt socialist realism is devoid of “Stalin makes the rockets go”, given its history.
@koz_ross ID'd in the photo captions. It's the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow. Man those Soviets could name the shit out of a monument
@interneteh These kind of "lots of ppl carrying lots of crap towards the glorious future" statues seemed to be a thing in socialist bloc. Reminds me of at least these ones in Beijing & Pyongyang...
Needless to say that the statue pair in Pyongyang is at least twice bigger than the one on Tiananmen Square.
@interneteh goddamn that rocketry mural is *powerful*. like i'm admittedly a complete art dunce. i went to art college to learn how to draw because i'm a fool, but on the countless museum trips i went to i saw plenty of famous pieces that everyone described as "powerful" or "moving" and the only response they ever got from me was "i guess that's neat". but that mural is something that *actually* moves me
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