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  • #15553

    HayleeB
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    I just read this great BBC article on the name 'tudor' and the 'tudor era' and how it is a more recent description of the era that was not actually used during the period. I have heard this idea mentioned before but Cliff Davies from Oxford has actually looked through all the documents of the period and shown it was not used at all, quite the opposite!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18240901Thought I would share-I find the development of names really interesting and how it can be very unique to cultures and families (I know in my own family that one of my (convict) ancestors changed his name on immigration to Australia so that all epople with this derivative (the esact surname escapes me) is definately a direct relative of my paternal line!)

  • #18017

    Liam
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    Makes you thing about what this age will be called in the future

  • #18018

    anonymous
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    Thanks for sharing this.  I happen to love the Tudor era and had not heard that it was not something those from that time period used to refer to their era.We should have a little competition to come up with a name for our age?  Any ideas?

  • #18019

    Liam
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    Cant call it the windsor era. So much better stuff has happened that could be remembered than still having a monarchy

  • #18020

    Chris
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    This was something I didn't know about myself until recently and I was somewhat surprised. It's interesting to think that a simple word can become so synonymous with an entire era yet its meaning (during its time) be unused and inaccurate. However, we do tend to look at and judge things from a modern perspective most of the time.

  • #18021

    Digital Unicorn
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    There's a lot of this in History, case in point the Byzantines, a strange psuedo-empire, that potentially starts arbritarily in 3 different places half way through the timeline of another empire and is named after the origional name of its eventual capital which was never used during its time as the capital.The Mycenaean Greeks, a people who refered to themselves as Helens and Io's and had a popular city close to them called Mycenae.We have to organise time periods into eras and categories but, the histories residents of that time very rarely desribed themselves in the terms we do.Interesting about the tudors tho, coz that does seem like something a person would look too to difine their time.

  • #18022

    Jamie
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    Thanks for sharing that article with us!

  • #18023

    HayleeB
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    I couldnt NOT share it!But it really does make you think what our 'era' would be labelled as in a few hundred years-but i honestly dont have any suggestions! Def not the Windsors though-as much as I still love the royals, they dont quite dominate society as in the past so the era cant be named for them....

  • #18024

    Jamie
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    The Kardashian era. ;)

  • #18025

    Liam
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    Kardashian oh dear :) probably end up being called the technical revolution since some people call the 18 and 19th centuries the industrial revolution

  • #18026

    Digital Unicorn
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    I think the eras will be getting quantifiably shorter.The Television age : 1930-1995The Internet Age : 1995 - 2012

  • #18027

    Jamie
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    That Embarrassing Era where Americans Became Obsessed with Mayan Calendars: 2010-2012

  • #18028

    Digital Unicorn
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    The Bieber Age.The Post-Bieber Age………

  • #18029

    HayleeB
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    The reality tv age….not a proud moment for man kindLet me know when we reach the post Bieber/1 directioner age so I can listen to the radio again

  • #18030

    anonymous
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    I like the reality TV age.How about the Facebook age?  Social media age?  Age of decline?

  • #18031

    Liam
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    In futurama they call it the stupid ages but i bet it will be something strange cos the early saxons wouldnt have thought they would be called the dark ages

  • #18032

    Jonny the Grognard
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    The age of strife. It will be followed by the 2Nd age of Enlightenment

  • #18033

    anonymous
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    The age of disorder and madness.

  • #18034

    Chris
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    I like the reality TV age.

    SHOCKING!!  ???

    How about the Facebook age?  Social media age?  Age of decline?

    Decline, yes. I guess things have to get worse before they get better.The age of disappointment and uncertainty.The age of distrust.The age of speed (because we lead such hectic lives we never have time to stop and appreciate everything around us), but alsoThe age of laziness.The age of texting not talking.The age of obesity. The age of political correctness.The age of road rage.The age of techno-terrorism.Wow, this is sounding really negative and pessimistic  :-  Will have to try and think of something positive.

  • #18035

    Jonny the Grognard
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    The age of Nestle.

  • #18036

    anonymous
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    How about the age of Tang (we need to work space travel in somehow).

  • #18037

    Digital Unicorn
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    The pre-Mcdonalds world Dynasty eraThe Podcast age

  • #18038

    WhovianKate
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    the Age of Excess. for the most part, this is the first time in history (about the last 100 years or so I think??) that people have such a wide variety of food and other goods with such little actual effort (economic woes aside)…we can get anything we want from anywhere in the world whether it's in-season or not, harvest time has almost completely lost its meaning.

  • #18039

    anonymous
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    More likely to be the age of global warming given that should have the most impact on our descendants.

  • #18040

    Tanja
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    I would like to inject a positive into the frey…  :-XHow about, the  Coming- of -Age. As twee as it sounds, I recall Carl Sagan when thinking about our "age" of existance and I do believe that despite being a mega-pot head, he always had a hopeful vision for the human race surviving our current "technological adolescence". We are almost there, there have been many times where many countries with nuclear capability couldve just pushed that red button - but they didnt.  Our time in history surely would be remembered if not just for that?If this is the Kardashian Age, I seriously want off this planet. ... and that is enough sugar and Branston pickle for one evening, nighty night!!

  • #18041

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I really like Tanja's take on this!

  • #18042

    historyme
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    The real dark age . . . potentially.  Hopefully high tech will develop a long term readable platform before we lose everything we are pouring into digital realms.  I think they can do it!

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