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Rewind: The Evolution of Future Shock

05 Jul

Future Shock is a book and term by futurist Alvin Toffler and it was defined as a psychological state that occurred when “too much change in too short a period of time.” Due to the rapid advances of technology, future shock, which includes a disoriented feeling, information and sensory overload, detachment, and overwhelming stress, may be the cause of many of our problems today. The book was also turned into a documentary, narrated by Orson Welles. Many artist since then have taken inspiration from the book and incorporated into their music, which makes sense; one of the best ways we deal with shock or trauma is through art and creation.

Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock

Future Shock on James Brown Show and the Ad for the Future Shock T-Shirt

Herbie Hancock – Future Shock

TV on the Radio – No Future Shock

Future Shock: Medina Series-Microphone Scientists in 2009 (Labtekwon did an album called “Baltimore Basquiat and the Future Shock)

Mr. Malish – Future Shock

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