Tuesday, February 9, 2010

RetroFuturism: Future Shock (1972)

Written by the sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler, 1970's Future Shock captured an undercurrent of neo-Luddite panic in an era of tremendous social and technological change. In the process, it added some indelible expressions to the lexicon of modern technological disorientation, including "future shock" itself, and the ever prescient notion of "information overload". In 1974, Alex Grasshoff made a short film based on the book, resulting in a somewhat disjointed, utterly hilarious essay of technophobia, narrated (As Only He Knew How!) in the blissful baritone of Mr. Orson Welles:

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