A Quick Journey Through 1970s Apocalypticism

Future Shock title slate paleofuture paleo-futurePaleofuture Blog, which look at predictions and visions of the future as previous generations imagined it, has a video feature examining the colorful weirdness of apocalyptic doom-and-gloom in the 1970s. In that decade, frightening documentaries such as Future Shock and The Late Great Planet Earth caught the zeitgeist by foretelling the fast-approaching destruction of humanity  at the hands of  overpopulation, dehumanizing technology, Communism, ancient prophecies, and natural devastation. Viewing these works today, they are a reminder that the world probably isn’t going to end, and we’ll make it through to tomorrow.

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  • that1guy

    The 70s wasn’t that long ago. we still got plenty of time to fuck it all up

    • America

      lets get to it then!

  • that1guy

    The 70s wasn’t that long ago. we still got plenty of time to fuck it all up

  • WhiteRose

    I would have agreed with this before facebook put basically the entire middle east in chaos…. the world moves faster than you can blink an eye. The one thing I recall liking about AOL email was the un-send button so if I sent a stupid email before someone read it I could delete it. Times have changed…zoom zoom zoom

  • WhiteRose

    I would have agreed with this before facebook put basically the entire middle east in chaos…. the world moves faster than you can blink an eye. The one thing I recall liking about AOL email was the un-send button so if I sent a stupid email before someone read it I could delete it. Times have changed…zoom zoom zoom

  • mrtastycakes

    “Future Shock” was not really apocalyptic.

  • mrtastycakes

    “Future Shock” was not really apocalyptic.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    “Viewing these works today, they are a reminder that the world probably isn’t going to end, and we’ll make it through to tomorrow.”

    More likely, I think, their timing was a bit off, and tomorrow comes today

    • Simiantongue

      But tomorrow became today yesterday and it’s going to again and still nothing has happened. Are we sure we know how to work this thing properly, can someone spin a dial or something?

      • dj shadow

        Tomorrow never comes Until its too late.

  • Lgolos

    “Viewing these works today, they are a reminder that the world probably isn’t going to end, and we’ll make it through to tomorrow.”

    More likely, I think, their timing was a bit off, and tomorrow comes today

  • Lgolos

    “Viewing these works today, they are a reminder that the world probably isn’t going to end, and we’ll make it through to tomorrow.”

    More likely, I think, their timing was a bit off, and tomorrow comes today

  • O. Spengler

    That was a dumbed-down look at 1970s anxiety.

  • O. Spengler

    That was a dumbed-down look at 1970s anxiety.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    If you’ve read up on the Cuban Missile Crisis you know just how close we did come to an apocalypse. This is a fun example of how bad people are at predicting the future, particularly those who inhabit the bestseller lists, but it’s not an argument for complacency.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    If you’ve read up on the Cuban Missile Crisis you know just how close we did come to an apocalypse. This is a fun example of how bad people are at predicting the future, particularly those who inhabit the bestseller lists, but it’s not an argument for complacency.

    • WhiteRose

      The world has changed a lot since then…. the world is more broken than ever before!

  • WhiteRose

    The world has changed a lot since then…. the world is more broken than ever before!

  • Simiantongue

    But tomorrow became today yesterday and it’s going to again and still nothing has happened. Are we sure we know how to work this thing properly, can someone spin a dial or something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.lonkouski Michael J. Lonkouski

    I love this site!

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  • dj shadow

    Tomorrow never comes Until its too late.

  • America

    lets get to it then!

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