The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 4, Episode 2

The Murderer (27 Jul. 1990)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" The Murderer (original title)

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A psychiatrist is summoned to a prison to interview Albert Brock, a respectable businessman who went on a murderous rampage--against phones, computers, music players, and all the other ... See full summary »

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A psychiatrist is summoned to a prison to interview Albert Brock, a respectable businessman who went on a murderous rampage--against phones, computers, music players, and all the other electronic devices that fill the world with ceaseless noise and distraction. Written by P. Silvestro

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Albert Brock: Remember what happened when cellulars first came in? At first they were just supposed to be used for emergencies: if you got stuck in traffic or had a breakdown. But then people couldn't resist using them, they always were calling, calling, and if it wasn't the telephone, it was the television and the radio, AM/FM, or the VCR, or the computer or the fax machine. Or the Walkman or the watchman, or the discman, or the motion pictures at the corner multiplex, and THEN larger than life in your own ...
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Prophetic
11 February 2012 | by (Freehold, NJ) – See all my reviews

I promise... no real spoilers.

While Bradbury has written many great things in the past, I believe it is this short televised story that will remain his most prophetic for the 21st century.

I remember watching this shortly after it's premiere and it's message was quite subtle. It's about "me time". At the time, I just couldn't relate to the message. Where is the line between communication, keeping in touch, and just plain harassment. Now, in 2011, the average person is bombarded with messages all the time. We get texts, cellphone calls, beeps, tweets, alerts, through our iPhones, iPods, laptops, and emails and (insert your least favorite device here).

In 1990, cell phones were a luxury and rarely seen. Bradbury and the producers of this episode were relying on the popular devices at the time - ie: The telephone (lapel phone, precursor to our cells), fax machine, television, radios, pagers, loudspeakers, and conference calls. Bradbury brilliantly illustrates through his interpretation of the human condition where we as people must take a stand and say, "Enough! Too far!" He brings this into shocking relief through simplicity. The illustration and comparison of silence to the ambient noise we're exposed to constantly and have voluntarily desensitized ourselves to. This episode is a must see for anyone who thinks that our communication problem has gone too far.


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