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.

23 Comments on "A Quick Journey Through 1970s Apocalypticism"

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

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

  3. WhiteRose | Feb 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm |

    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

  4. WhiteRose | Feb 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm |

    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

  5. mrtastycakes | Feb 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm |

    “Future Shock” was not really apocalyptic.

  6. mrtastycakes | Feb 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm |

    “Future Shock” was not really apocalyptic.

  7. “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

  8. “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

  9. JoiquimCouteau | Feb 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    “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 | Feb 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

      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?

  10. O. Spengler | Feb 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

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

  11. O. Spengler | Feb 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 | Feb 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm |

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

  14. WhiteRose | Feb 25, 2011 at 2:34 am |

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

  15. Simiantongue | Feb 25, 2011 at 3:40 am |

    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?

  16. dj shadow | Feb 27, 2011 at 11:12 am |

    Tomorrow never comes Until its too late.

  17. lets get to it then!

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