Saturday, October 23, 2004

The message was of optimism with little thought to environmental or sociological consequences

Showcasing Technology at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair (via)

"In many ways the exhibits at the World's Fair showcased new technological frontiers: the Space Age, the Information Age of computers and communication, the Consumer Age of new materials and products for everyday life, and the Atomic Age of electricity 'too cheap to meter.' The message was of optimism with little thought to environmental or sociological consequences ...

The information exhibits proclaimed two broad themes; that rapid, globalized communications would draw people together and breakdown barriers of misunderstanding, and that the products of the information age, including automation, would save much time and labor."

Hmm. I'm not sure the messages or themes have changed much in forty years.

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