Folies et follies
Focusing on Italy
leads to an odd and possibly meaningful comparison.
Italian people and Italian products are unquestionably more stylish and beautiful than other Euro or US products. That's a valid and well-known generality. French people and products are drab and practical, with a strong emphasis on usability.
BUT: French science in the 1800s was lively and entertaining. French tech journals, from architecture to electricity, had animated illustrations with intense characters and funny vulgarity.
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Italian tech journals from those years were just as dull and drab as English or US journals. Not many illustrations, mainly sketches or uninteresting photos.
Why did French science have an attitude of non-serious fun?
Wild guess: Because the Revolution had turned the serious aspect of science into genocide. The Revolution was created by DOCTORS
who compressed life into a rigid system of decimal measurement and surgery by guillotine.
The later French attitude was a natural IMMUNE RESPONSE to a toxic corruption of a necessary process.
I've been experiencing the same IMMUNE RESPONSE lately, and trying to express it in my own animated ways.
Labels: Asked and badly answered, Entertainment