|Burke rocking that 70s style|
Now the BBC and PBS have joined forces to produce How We Got to Now, a series hosted by Steven Johnson revealing how relatively unknown folks in today's popular memory invented and triggered events that drastically changed the world. I have watched the first two episodes and it has a very 'Day the Universe Changed' vibe about it more than a Cosmos one.
Before I watched the show, I did not know who Johnson was but upon doing some research, I knew of some of his work. He has written a number of books and articles for outlets such as Wired discussing technology and its interaction with society. Thought-provoking stuff for the most part. The first episode, Clean, tackles how the modern world became the much more sanitary world of non-filth-filled street along with clean drinking water. The second episode, Time, weaves the tale on how time went from something very local and daily to the standardized international time standard society enjoys today.