Now that we’re beyond 2000, how has technology in the millennia shaped our lives? Hosted by Amanda Keller, Electric Dreams explores how a 40 year revolution in domestic technology has transformed family life.
It’s almost a cliché to say we’ve gone through a technological revolution in the past few decades. But do we really know how much it has changed our lives? Do we understand the subtle yet radical ways that it has altered our relationships and the family unit? The ways in which it has transformed our homes and the way we live in them? And is it for the better – or not?
Electric Dreams stages a compelling living experiment to find out.
One family’s home is taken back to the digital dark ages of 1970. Then in three weeks their technological progress is observed as they fast-forward through every new gadget and gizmo of the ensuing three decades. How will they cope without Facebook and pay TV? What will they substitute their time with? What joys will they find in slide shows and early computer games? Will they bother with brick-like mobiles? How will they play, talk, relax and shop with only the technology of the 70s, 80s or 90s to help them?
The family’s journey will have huge resonances for us all: through their eyes we will see the enormous impact of technological change on our physical and emotional lives. We’ll reveal how, as TVs and computers have gradually multiplied and migrated out of the living room, technology has split the family into individualised private spheres; we’ll witness how women’s domestic lives have transformed, and how childhood has become almost unrecognisable.
A 3-part series, Electric Dreams is hosted by Amanda Keller and will premiere on Network Ten, Sunday 1st November at 6:30pm.