They Burn Witches Here

… and then they upload the pho­tos to social media. A fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle about Papua New Guinea, and what hap­pens when you try to impose a mod­ern cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem on a coun­try where some peo­ple were liv­ing pale­olith­ic lifestyles as recent­ly as 80 years ago.

The ques­tion as to whether this wide [cul­tur­al] gulf could ever have been slow­ly bridged is moot; this gulf is being forcibly, abrupt­ly sutured shut. In the span of lit­tle more than a cen­tu­ry, the peo­ple here have had to shift from stone to steel to sil­i­con. In some spots, they have jumped direct­ly from hunter-gath­er­er exis­tence to devo­tion­al pic­tures of Jesus on their iPhones.