Does 'The Simpsons' predict the future? | The Tylt
Does 'The Simpsons' predict the future?
"The Simpsons" have a reputation for playing out some of history's ugliest moments. Do you remember the horsemeat scandal? According to Business Insider:
In 1994, Lunchlady Doris used "assorted horse parts" to make lunch for students at Springfield Elementary.
Nine years later, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found horse DNA in over one-third of beefburger samples from supermarkets and ready meals, and pig in 85% of them.
But not everyone is convinced the show can predict the future. One of the showrunners says fans are taking the show's predictions too seriously. According to The New York Times:
The future can be forecast better than one might think, said Al Jean, one of the show’s original writers and its showrunner since 1998. Episodes of “The Simpsons” air a year after they’re produced, he said, so “it’s just a sort of frame of mind that we’ve got that we think one year ahead.”
“I predict people will make too much of our great predictions,” he joked.
The show is the product of brilliant minds, many Harvard educated, said William Irwin, whose book “The Simpsons and Philosophy” has for years been taught in college courses at The University of California, Berkeley and other schools. Mr. Irwin is the chairman of philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.