The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people.
The fear is that if you’re not out there with your blood sport, you should be posting videos of, you know, wow, that monkey’s really helping that squirrel. That monkey is being pretty nice to that squirrel. Pretty damn nice monkey.
Pollan could have assigned a date to the moment when new and supposedly dangerous foods were introduced, foods he frequently identifies as industrially processed. But he didn’t.