Them. The kind of folk you would cross the street to avoid. Watcha inferring? ;-)
Hark! a Herald?
…protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade.
That does seem to cover mass media and the internet rather well…
So who is the god of cooking shows?
Gawd n Ramses ?
Which leads me to think about the sources of our putative pantheons…
there are strong links from the Egyptian Thoth to Hermes/Mercury, and as Andin pointed out, there are the links from there to ‘the knowledge’ as Hermes Trismegistus – the thrice greatest! – Wow Wow Wow
so, is our future a Pyramid Scheme?
a fire amid other plans…
He also has traces in Ningishzidda a Sumerian god
and possibly Quetzalcoatl in South America!
those Winged boots aren’t just made for walking obviously!
the airtight garage…
it may also be worth noting that a Hermetic Seal will sustain a vacuum, do we have a Hermetic society, or does it get in, Mrs Marsh?
and seeing it is Friday, have another hit…
and as we already have some flowers in our hair…
here is Joni Mitchell – gently lambasting America (powerful stuff, still) followed by the Jefferson Airplane from the Dick Cavett Show
of course there is that other Hermes…
but I don’t think these are the scarves they make…
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Is it a better world? Or just one with new problems?
I'm not convinced that the world is better or that our current versions have wrought new problems. Voyeurism, narcissism, materialism and advertising have been upgraded, and the issues or gizmos du jour stand on the shoulders of antecedents.