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Watch a man released from prison after 44 years react to today's world

What’s with all those people “with wires in their ears”?
Nov 28th 2015, 8:00 PM 45,691 23

OTIS JOHNSON WAS recently released from prison after being locked away for 44 years.

He was 25 when his sentence started, and 69 when he was released.

On the outside, he quickly realised the world was a very different place — downright futuristic compared to the world he left behind back in the late 1960s.

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 who looked like CIA agents, pedestrians “talking to themselves” on their iPhones, and neon video billboards illuminating shopfront windows.

Johnson offers a fascinating perspective on our world today and the modern technology that many shrug off and take for granted. You can watch the entire video below, or read Al Jazeera’s in-depth interview with him here.

Source: Al Jazeera English/YouTube

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