Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Man Released After 28 Years in Prison Experiences Tech Shock

Image Source: I09.

I09 recently reported on the tech shock experienced by Randall Lee Church when he was released after having been imprisoned since 1983:
Randall Lee Church didn't believe his fellow inmates when they warned him about culture shock after he got out of prison — he thought they were just jealous. But then Church, who'd been locked up since 1983, emerged into a world that made no sense. 
When Church got out of prison, he tells the Houston Chronicle, "I didn't know how to use computers or cell phones or the Internet. ... It was so overwhelming. I was constantly embarrassed by simple things I didn't know."

As the Chronicle says, "Prices were higher and scanned with bar codes. Video games were more realistic. People were always on their cell phones. Cars had childproof locks." ... In the end, faced with a world that made no sense to him, Church burned down an abandoned house, in order to get sent back to prison.


  1. This story reads like some sort of contemporary existentialist cartoon. Re: man takes one look at the modern world and decides he'd rather go back to prison.
    That is, like many cartoons, it's truly hilarious because in some way it's a metaphor for an uncomfortable truth.

    Thanks for ferreting this one up!

  2. Thanks for your comment Dia, you hit the nail on the head: exactly!