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civilized.

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one of my favorite people with a statement that still applies 60 years later

 · “no moral, no message, no prophetic tract, just a simple statement of fact.

for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized.”

-rod serling -1961

 

 

photo credit: cbs television , twilight zone

sci-fi or reality tv?

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 Rod Serling – working at home in Connecticut, 1956

anti-war and social justice activist, tv-writer, producer, narrator

and one of my idols. 

*In 1955, the miscarriage of justice in the Emmett Till case proved a galvanizing point in the Civil Rights Movement. Rod Serling, a 30-year-old rising star in a golden age of dramatic television, watched the events play out in the news. He believed firmly in the burgeoning medium’s power for social justice. “The writer’s role is to be a menacer of the public’s conscience,” Serling later said. “He must have a position, a point of view. He must see the arts as a vehicle of social criticism and he must focus the issues of his time.”

Soon after the trial concluded, Serling, riding off the success of his most well-received teleplay to date, felt compelled write a teleplay around the racism that led to Till’s murder. But the censorship that followed by advertisers and networks, fearful of blowback from white, Southern audiences, forced Serling to rethink his approach. His response, ultimately, was “The Twilight Zone,” the iconic sci-fi anthology series that spoke truth to the era’s social ills and tackled themes of prejudice, bigotry, nuclear fears, war, among so many others. At this point in history, the censors didn’t know what to make of this genre and he was free to deliver his message in a new way.

in honor of Rod Serling on national science fiction day,

who understood the power of the arts

as a way to communicate important messages. 

“there are weapons that are simply thoughts.

for the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.”

-rod serling

 

credits: Getty Images, *Smithsonian Magazine

peep show.

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540twilightzonethe classic twilight zone episode “nightmare at 20,000 feet”

starring a very young william shatner

inspired this peeps scene. 

the black and white effect is part of the work;

this was not altered after the photograph was taken.

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original scene with shatner from the twilight zone classic.

credits: peep artists -allie berg and jonathan herr,

the twilight zone, rod serling

imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself. – rod serling

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rod serling

one of my favorite writers,

a man who never let his mind limit his imagination.

little golden  t.z. bedtime stories anyone?

wild dreams guaranteed.

 

image credit: the twilight zone