James Burke’s Connections – the 1970s @ProfBrianCox #allofme

I showed this clip at the beginning of my recent show/talk at Hub Westminster.  I've since watched this episode all the way through, it still thrills me.  Is this what watching @ProfBrianCox does for people these days?  I hope so. 

There's a few things to say about it.

1.  I love the subtitle: "An alternative view of change"  That was one of the things that grabbed me as a pre-teen watching on TV: "You can have a view of change? You mean you think about it, turn it over, make a whole TV programme about it, spend your life talking about how things change?  Wow!" 

2. It's chilling that the first sequence takes place at the base of the WTC and then a lift that goes all the way to the top.  He talks about exactly the trap that people found themselves in on 9/11.  Conspiracy theorists of course love the fact that he further illustrates the story with SAS Flight 911.

3.  The assumptions he makes about what's in the room around you – you must be watching this on a TV right? You have a phone in the room?  Well probably, but the phone(s) I have in the room are not the phone he was talking about.r

4. When this episode ended, you had to wait for a week for the next one, and you'd have to make sure you were at home to see it and that you remembered it was on, there was no catch-up or iPlayer, certainly no realtime pause and rewind, no way you could watch it on any other device than the television in your living room right there and then.  I'm pretty sure we didn't have a VCR at that point so couldn't rewind and watch it again later that evening. 

5. This stuff really should be available to people freely and in high-quality, nrot in 10 minute lo-fi chunks.  And we should be talking about it and what it means and what we might do differently, and the extent to which the changes of the last 25-30 years have vindicated this "alternative view of change" 

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous