Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Paperwork Explosion

In 1967, Jim Henson [of Muppets fame] was contracted by IBM to make a film extolling the virtues of their new technology, the MT/ST, a primitive word processor. The film would explore how the MT/ST would help control the massive amount of documents generated by a typical business office. Paperwork Explosion, produced in October 1967, is a quick-cut montage of images and words illustrating the intensity and pace of modern business. Henson collaborated with Raymond Scott on the electronic sound track. Lovely.


Anonymous said...

You can enjoy (or suffer) some remixes via this post at Synthtopia.

Unknown said...

Ominous tone for what is basically an advertisement. That said, I think it's wonderful.