Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Future Shock!


Back in the mid-60’s Alvin Toffler wrote a book called Future Shock all about how change is accelerating so fast that it’s creating anxiety, strife and conflict and that maybe we should just slow down.

As a kid in the 70’s I was shown the film below by concerned social studies teachers who were terrified down to their hippie bones by the evil that was “COMPUTERS.” At the time I thought all the stuff they described in the movie was cool as hell, and I haven’t changed my opinion more than 30-odd years later. The more change the better, I sez, and make it snappy.

Besides the film’s near-panic about technological developments we now find quaint, it also features Orson Welles in an airport, smoking a cigar on a movator. Really, what more do you need in visual entertainment?

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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