You don’t have to value culture and be a sci-fi geek to appreciate the 1:34 second video featuring a conversation from 1974 with visionary author Arthur C. Clarke; although it does make it that much more awesome. Sure, Clarke accurate predicts home computing and the internet decades before they entered mainstream society but the fascinating bit is the reference points Clarke offers while imagining how things will unfold.
The real highpoint is at 0:33 where in the course of listing off the sort of everyday tasks people will accomplish through networked computers, Clarke casually tosses off “theater reservations.”
Clarke was an optimist’s optimist so I don’t know how thrilled he would be at the state of today’s online ticket buying experience but setting that aside for the moment, I’m curious to know what you take away from this video. Does Clarke’s casual reference mean anything within the context of today’s culture debates? If so, what?