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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Dr. Arnold Fellows: But the phone is useful, essential to all our lives, couldn't you adjust?
Albert Brock: Why are we always adjusting to machines? They're like spoiled kids always making demands. We're adults, we should have control over them. And the telephone just sits there and demands to be used.
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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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