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Please take me home.

One of the most bizarre “documentaries” ever made, this short 1972 film narrated by Orson Welles was based on the book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. It contained some of the most batshit insane predictions for the future ever aired on American television. In many ways it’s even more alarmist than a lot of what we see on television today, but Toffler’s central theme of future shock is useful – “too much change in too short a time.” If the current state of the youngest generation completely weaned on the internet and social networking is any indication, Toffler’s attitude may have not been entirely without merit. Even so, the documentary is a laugh riot. Orson Welles’ somber narration about “babytoriums” and potential parents shopping for children is a singularly weird piece of cinema.

I was 13. MTV still played music. MTV played this. And Aeon Flux.

Everything was better then.

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