I ended up in IT and science fields due to my late Mum and Dad sitting me down and encouraging me to watch TW since I was knee-high to a grasshoppers eye!
Kids today, don't know they're missing!
For 38 years, TV show Tomorrow’s World wowed audiences with its coverage of futuristic developments from the world of science and technology. It was axed in 2003, but now the BBC has brought the show back from the dead, sort of. From today, anyone after an insight into how advancements in technology led to computerised banking …
At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, actually, sod it.
Ah yes, tomorrows world, when TV still had some dignity.
I remember watching Tomorrow's world as a kid and loved it, serious yet not without humour. It was class.
What do we have now? The fucking Gadget Show, where they can't even look at a new piece of hardware without microwaving it whilst shooting at the microwave with a paintball gun in order to test its "durability". No wonder everyone is a complete fuck whit.
With the vast slew of, well, lets face it, poo, on TV right now, TW would be welcomed back to our screens, at least by me. I'm not talking about as it was in its latter days, where it seemed more consumer review show than *tomorrows* world, but as it was when it was really looking forwards, including the dodgy and non-functioning live demos. It's not a problem to have things that don't quite work right when it's cutting edge.
Between TW, the BBC Micro and Johnny Ball we turned out an entire generation of some of the brightest innovators in the blossoming computer industry. That was back when the BBC was a public service broadcaster rather than a ratings chasing tax funded clone of ITV1.
I say leave the ratings war popularity contest to ITV and keep the BBC for the TV that _needs_ to be made. High quality non sensationalist news, educational content and well researched documentaries.
And Dr Who.
Yes where is the unscratchable cd?,
I am sure I remember an episode that had computer communications (modems) in it.
and about how the world will be this big free place where everyone can talk electronically to everyone else.
Obviously providing you are in the right region.
Black helicopters because its all about control in the end...
Actually, Mythbusters does attempt to be properly scientific, in that they first attempt to do it properly and when that fails to blow up, get Frank and his mates to come in and do a proper (and safe) job. They do show all the safety stuff to show that it is possible to have fun doing silly things and stay safe.
It's interesting to see that some stuff survived the TW curse, many things appeared on there and disappeared without trace, but I guess that's no worse than investing in startups now, where probably 8/10 will fail, one will just about break even and one will be a success.
"No wonder everyone is a complete fuck whit."
I love it.
Firstly I think this shows you have a problem with cause and effect. TV has dumbed down because the population has dumbed down, not the other way round. The vast majority of the viewing public would rather see Richard Hammond microwave a CD rather than watch Michael Rodd explain how one works. So that's the TV that gets produced. You need to accept that you are in a minority that is not catered to by the mainstream channels.
Secondly, (and the bit I really love) it's "wit" not "whit" you fuck wit.
Come come! The Gadget Show might have fun with it's gadgets - but Tomorrow's World could do some daft stunts, too. And at least The Gadget Show doesn't have the boringly earnest medical reports that used to be on TW, and made my heart sink everytime Judith Hann would appear, sounding all worthy and concerned.
I remember the episode where they got really excited about being able to make gateau from straw.
Sadly it was one of those inventions that made it to market.
Which makes me ask, why do food suppliers so often take a really successful recipe, spend loads of money working out how to make something different out of muck, but that looks the same, and then sell it as the original thing?
I want my cakes made out of butter and sugar and flour, not straw and hydrogenated oil and corn syrup.
Tomorrows world, by the early 90s, had developed a reputation of being the destroyer of technology. The majority of developments it showcased were from small groups who didn't have the manpower to finish their work and handle the phone calls it generated, so many of the things which appeared on TW failed specifically because they appeared on TW.
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