3 AM presents: Future Shock




'Future Shock' is a documentary film based on the book written in 1970 by sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler.

Released in 1972, with a cigar-chomping Orson Welles as on-screen narrator, this piece of futurism is darkly dystopian and oozing techno-paranoia... A great opening features a montage of car crashes and civil unrest intercut with two figures walking in a green field (while creepy synthesizers play in the background) who are soon revealed to be automatons with creepy robot faces -- a nice metaphor for the fear of the unrecognizable, cold, and chaotic future society that Toffler thought we were all headed for... 

So what exactly is "Future Shock"? Sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler explains: 

"We may define future shock as the distress, both physical and psychological, that arises from an overload of the human organism's physical adaptive systems and it's decision-making processes... Put more simply, future shock is the human response to over-stimulation..."