It’s Monday, October 5, 2000. Mars has the Q-Bomb and some politician is blathering on about tax cuts. Instead of smell-o-vision, the newspaper carries smell-o-ads (and sex-o-ads, too). There’s a four-hour work day (with a two-hour lunch), a push button desk, and lots of other delights (not to mention some very retro gender stereotyping) in this clip from “Your Safety First” (1956), a promotional film from the Automobile Manufacturers of America. If you’re a fan of The Jetsons, it’ll seem strangely familiar—especially that voice!—but “Your Safety First” pre-dated the cartoon series by six years.
@The11thDoctor: This makes total sense. One of the most interesting things about the development of mass media and the impact that technology has had on them is that the transformational effect seems to be more dramatic on younger mediums than on old.
The music "industry" has been shaken by technology unlike any other. The film and television industries as well. These are relatively young mediums.
Books, by contrast, keep trundling along quite happily despite being one of the oldest, most mature of the mass media.
It's somewhat shocking, if you think about it. Kindle appears to be the *first* serious push of technology into the world of books (there have been others, but they have been false starts for the most part).
I suspect Kindle will not succeed where others have failed, and we will all have libraries of paper well into the 21st century.
The book is a fairly persistent medium, perhaps because of its age. Like a cranky old man being sent to a retirement home, he will not go gently into that good night.