‘Everybody’s talking to themselves!’: man reacts to modern technology after 44 years in prison

By Samantha Luiz
26 November 2015

After 44 years behind bars, Otis Johnson has shared how bewildering it was experiencing modern technology for the first time.

In a video interview, the 69-year-old told Al Jazeera English how futuristic the world is today compared to the one he left behind back in the late 1960s when he was just 25. "I saw that everybody, or the majority of people, were talking to themselves. Then I looked close and they seemed to have things in their ears," he said, adding that people "with wires in their ears" listening to music looked like CIA agents.

'I looked close and they seemed to have things in their ears'

The video also features Otis walking around New York City marvelling at all the new food products at supermarkets.

"I eat different things now because I’m looking at all this crazy stuff so I’ll to try it out every once in awhile."

He told Al jazeera English how surprised he was that even payphones have changed.

"I remember this when I first got out. I was going to make a call then I seen the $1 thing. It was 25 cents when I was out. I found out when I got out on the streets that they don’t use these."

Otis was convicted for the attempted murder of a police officer.

"Being in society is a good feeling," he said. "I like being in the sun and also observing people. It's nice to be free."

Watch the fascinating video below:

Sources: aljazeera.com, businessinsider.com, metro.co.uk

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