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When I, in my childhood, learned about the slave trade, we were laughing at how the colored Africans (note how I use the PC term ) were fascinated by our shining, colored beads of glass, eager to sell us lots of slaves in exchange of a few of those.
How much more "sophisticated" are our own preferences - whether they are super-primitive games, YouTube cat videos or some "super-fancy" feature of the latest iPhone moedel? When seen from outside, is there really a principal difference between these and the glass pearls provided to the "colored"s?