VIA| Otis Johnson has been in prison for 44 years. He was locked up in 1971 for the attempted murder of a police officer. He was only twenty five at the time.
He was finally released in August 2014 at the grand old age of sixty nine. A lot has changed since he was released; when he was last on the streets colour TV had only been around for around five years and there were certainly no mobile phones or internet. It must be a massive culture shock to be suddenly catapulted into the modern world.
In an interview and video for Al Jazeera, Johnson recently visited Times Square in New York City, where he was surprised and confused by the modern technology surrounding him: people “with wires in their ears” listening to music that looked like they were CIA agents, pedestrians “talking to themselves” on their iPhones, and neon video billboards illuminating storefront windows.
Johnson offers a fascinating perspective on our world today and the modern technology that many shrug off and take for granted We wish him all the best as he tries to adjust to the modern world.