Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New PBS Documentary About The Infamous 1977 Blackout

Blackout is a new American Experience feature, with archival photographs and footage of the blackout in New York City in 1977. Here's the trailer:

Executive producer Mark Samels says, "The 1977 blackout reminds us of how easily we take things for granted. We expect the lights to turn on, the garbage to be picked up, and the trains to run — all these systems keep our daily lives going. But when a city is plagued by crime, unemployment, reduced services, and growing anger, an event like a blackout can be the spark that ignites a fire. The thin crust of civilization is suddenly gone and we discover that urban life is much more fragile than we thought."
More: Gothamist

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