Academic journal article Journalism History

Worlds out of Time

Academic journal article Journalism History

Worlds out of Time

Article excerpt

Words Out of Time. New York Icarus Films, 1995. 0:48.

Technology is driving a global lifestyle that is immediate, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. That is, if one is part of the mobile elite. Unfortunately, much of the world's population has advanced through history into a much slower world. A continuing disparity between "haves" and "have nots" is one of the many consequences of this history and the main theme in Worlds Out of Time, which raises questions about the implications of high-tech tools, notably the mass media.

Producers Peter Hesseldahl and Joe Stein Pedersen laud the power that comes with progress in science and technology, but they also warn against the dangers. Graphically portrayed through the media is the progression of western consumerism and the growing impact of western values on the rest of the world.

The documentary is presented in a high-tech fashion, with slick editing, computer graphics, and other effects. It follows a semihistorical progression by weaving snapshots of society together with the thoughts of ten computer experts, scientists, and philosophers. Each speaker describes his or her outlook on an increasingly media -driven world. The Dalai Lama applauds our arrival at a oneworld culture. A physics scholar suggests this is a special time in our history because the human race has the capability-through technology-to affect the whole planet in "serious ways."

The documentary leaves no doubt that such progress has shaped civilization. After another expert points out the extent to which Western culture is consumed by the concept of time, the viewer sees through pictures that life is hectic and fast-paced. …

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