The term "Dark Ages" is used to describe the period in between the fall of the Roman empire and the Italian renaissance. I always wondered why only this period is referred as the "dark" period of humanity since human history has been suffering by the same social problems continuously since day one. As if the Roman empire was a model for peace and harmony...as if the Greeks before them didn't abuse their women and didn't uphold democracy for their own race and slavery for "the lesser races." And don't get me started on the Egyptians... imagine how many slaves gave their lives (unwillingly of course) building those pyramids just so the Faraos could have something to gaze at in the morning while having their breakfast. Ask African people what they thought of the Italian "renaissance", when more than 20 million African people were taken from their tribes and sent to serve as slaves in spanish-italian-british-american territories...which were stolen territories to begin with. If that period between the 6th and 13th century A.D was dark, then how would you describe our precious little 20th century with 2 world wars, 120 wars in general, 160 million people dead and 1 billion people starving to death by the time we reached the end of it... darker? Grey maybe?
No...you actually call this period the "modern age" because...of television!
Yes...people were dying by the millions and all we had in our minds was how to put colour in that plastic little box in our kitchen. Africa and Asia have been plundered with genocide, poverty and starvation and all we could think about was going to the moon, so we could take pictures and look down at...what? This mess?!!!
Truth is...there has never been any other age than the dark age. Artistic and technological achievements of the human race have been merely decorative. You want proof? Ask yourself this; At what period in human history, was fiction more horrifying than reality? Go ahead...name me ONE!