Cracked.com gives us 8 Online Fads You Didn't Know Were Invented Decades Ago.
Last night my girlfriend and I were discussing the cyclical nature of social trends. Today I get this. Neat!
This is a vital point to remember when doing anything with religion: all these "new", "modern", "never been seen before" problems we get excited about probably did in fact exist somewhere else years ago. They were resolved successfully, we're still here, get over it. Means whatever radical new idea is upsetting you today was probably the mainstream a few generations back, and the people doing things "your way" were the impetuous upstarts.
In case you're wondering, my personal favorite is #8, the primordeal emoticons.