Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There’s A Hand Raising A Phone

When the would-be writer graduated from high school in 1938, his family had no money to send him to college. Mr. Bradbury educated himself in the public library. He sold newspapers at a street-corner newsstand. And he joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League, which met downtown at Clifton's Cafeteria.

"We were all loners," he says of the 30 people in that group, whose ranks included such other future-famous scribes as Robert Heinlein and Leigh Brackett. "We were all lonely. We believed what we believed, and the society didn't believe in what we believed."

Such as what? "Well," he says with a sigh, "'Fahrenheit 451' is full of it. I grew up with radio, I saw what radio did to a people. I saw that it was beginning to disconnect us in society. So I wrote about that disconnection."

Ray Bradbury
from Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 |
Cultural Conversation by Tom Nolan -

Radio is gone.
And books. But we have good phones.
There’s a hand raising

a phone to an ear.
It’s an image on a screen
on somebody’s phone.

MTV is gone.
There’s a hand raising a phone
but there is no ear.

Now that books are gone and phones are replacing computers I thought it would be fun to put up a video that I bet almost nobody remembers.

This is the first music video that ever aired on MTV. It was broadcast one second after midnight on August 1, 1981.

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