“In the course of my work, which has taken me to just about every corner of the globe, I see many aspects of a phenomenon which I’m just beginning to understand. Our modern technologies have changed the degree of sophistication beyond our wildest dreams. But this technology has exacted a pretty heavy price. We live in an age of anxiety and time of stress. And with all our sophistication, we are in fact the victims of our own technological strengths –- we are the victims of shock… a future shock.” This is Orson Welles’s narrative monologue at the beginning of the 1972 documentary “Future Shock” directed by Alex Grasshof. The documentary refers to the bewildering barrage of new technologies and how they affect people’s social (and not only) life. The term “Future Shock” as described above was invented by Alvin Toffler in his same name book and is more intertemporal rather than modern-historic. The overload of information and consumers’ choices are the characteristic features of the change of the post industrial society and we are in the midst of an industrial and post industrial society , according to Alvin Toffler, who appears in the documentary too. “We are victims of future shock” indeed even today.
Orson Welles Narrator in 1972 Documentary0
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