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Jul072011

Our Drunken Videophonic Future (1943)

The 2002 Taschen book Future Perfect is kind of like a dead-tree Tumblr; no credits for illustrators, no dates, and no context. I even tried to reblog a page from the book by nailing it to a tree, but my neighbors tore it down. What a bunch of jerks.

With a little old fashioned detective work I was able to figure out that this image in Future Perfect is probably from a 1943 Seagram's Whiskey ad. It reminds me a bit of this job interview conducted across continents. [cue It's A Small World muzak]

Videophone technology has been with us for quite some time, but it's a perfect example of technology that didn't turn out the way that futurists were predicting. When was the last time you got off a plane to look for the video-payphone? So, raise a glass to your favorite transcontinental client, or whatever is supposed to be happening in this drunken, videophonic future of ours.

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Did you find this gallery too?
http://computer.de.msn.com/ratgeber_und_praxis/online/bilder.aspx?cp-documentid=154237139&page=1

Google image search is amazing. I uploaded the second picture and bingo.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDutch Brink

Video Phone is an example of what I call Awkward Futurism: when people predicted it, they were just looking at the technology, and failed to ask how *freaking awkward* it would be if it were actually implemented. Another example: talking computers.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXamuel

I actually use videotelephony every day. But not nearly in any of the ways it's always 'imagined'. My wife and son are in India right now, and my parents are in the Netherlands, and I am in the USA, so I use Google videochat to see them and talk to them (for free). But I would not want to see someone that I have no emotional attachment to. I talk to my boss on the phone (when needed), seeing him would add no value at all. And that is true for almost anyone on this planet

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWyogold

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