It says so much about the time period, when be corps. were trying to move everyone towards utter homogenization of food (and everything). Ice cream in big barrels and "American" cheese. Iceberg lettuce. Steaks and roasts and no spices. Budweiser. Folger's coffee. The TV dinner.
Thankfully, we seem to have escaped that horrible fate. (Not the corporatization, of course, but thehomogenization of food.)
I'm also fascinated by how much of the article reads like "See, honey, housewive's will have it easy in the future!".
I've read this one before, and like to collect similar predictive articles in old SF magazines, and they are all very similar. What is most fascinating is what is left out. Few predictions of social change. Few predictions outside of base labor-saving devices.
They all make predictions about how easy housewive's will have it in the future. Not one (not even Heinlein, whose "Life in 2000" article is the best, and who makes an effort to predict social change) predicts that housewive's might become a thing of the past. This is especially interesting coming only five years after "Rosie the Rivetter".
In 1950, corps. wanted to sell us an easier life. Now they want to sell you a more entertaining one.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
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