Sometimes it seems like 2/3 of the usage of “modern” is redundant. Some examples, mostly from here:
Well, depending how you categorize mercantilism, the capitalist mode/stage didn’t emerge anywhere before the 17th century.
“modern web browsers”
the web browser wasn’t invented until the 20th century.
“modern-day Amelia Earheart”
“modern-day US civil war”
“modern rebuild of the Radio Shack 150-in-One electronics kit”
“Violinists can’t tell a Stradivarius from a modern violin”
Pretty sure a Stradivarius is a modern violin.
“Why modern phones are so awful”
“Belgian 90s techno made modern at 115bpm”
“The modern cat video”
“Near-perfect conversion of Shadow of the Beast to modern platforms”
“19th century spam came by post, prefigured modern spam in so many ways”
A lot of these look like interesting threads, but the usage of modern puzzles me.
I don’t have a consistent definition. Here in the Americas, anything after the destruction of the pre-contact world by smallpox, measles, mumps, and so on, and the arrival of old-world people, crops, and so on would qualify, though some areas avoided the epidemics for centuries; in Europe anything after the destruction of the medieval world by the Black Death might qualify; in Africa, East Asia, and Australia, I don’t know. Benedictow has challenged claims that a major Chinese epidemic preceded the European epidemic. I just think that the past few centuries have been modern.