Connections (1978– )
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The Trigger Effect 

One thing leads to another and our dependence on technology. A New York City Blackout serves as example.

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One thing leads to another and our dependence on technology. A New York City Blackout serves as example.

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17 October 1978 (UK)  »

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James Burke: The story of the events and the people who, over centuries, came together to bring us in from the cold and to wrap us in a warm blanket of technology is a matter of vital importance, since more and more of that technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives. It's become a life-support system without which we can't survive. And yet, how much of it do we understand?
[steps into a lift]
James Burke: Do I bother myself with the reality of what happens when I get in to a big steel box, press a button, and rise ...
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Dated but excellent
3 May 2016 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

This first episode is a very good example of our dependence on technology. In 1978 they did not have computers being widespread yet but computerization and internet-ization of our daily lives makes this episode ever more relevant. The New York blackout and other disasters like it serve us as a reminder on how dependent we are on technology in our daily lives.

The narration is interesting and fact based, which is always a plus for Documentary style series. The editing was probably the downside, but it may have been intentional given the subject matter.

This series is shaping up to be an under-appreciated gem and definitely worth watching for anyone wondering whether to pick it up. Don't let the release date fool you, it is still quite relevant.


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