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.