But wait! In his 1967 sales film for IBM called Paperwork Explosion, Jim Henson makes paperwork feel sort of like a slightly creepy conspiracy that we must all get to work dismantling immediately.
Henson, the beloved artist who brought us childhood favorites Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, was hired by the technology company to make a film singing the praises of its new machinery. Machinery that was destined to free us all from the day-in-day-out chore of paperwork. IBM looked at the stacks of paperwork cluttering the desks of American office workers everywhere and asked, “Have you considered getting a machine to do that for you?”