Thomas Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park," was a vigorous proponent for direct current (DC) power distribution—a technology in which he was a patent holder. George Westinghouse, an American entrepreneur, had licensed Nikola Tesla's alternating current (AC) technology, and argued that it was superior to Edison's DC power. The two visionaries engaged in a bitter competition that would come to be known as the War of Currents.
Edison was so determined to discredit alternating current that he devised a public display to demonstrate how dangerous it was. In 1903, Edison sent 6,600 volts of AC through Topsy, a condemned circus elephant, in front of a crowd of onlookers. Topsy died "without a trumpet or groan."
This bizarre story illustrates what happens when competition and innovation—both good in and of themselves—become more important than moral integrity. In a time when technology advances at breakneck speeds, it is vital to consider the implications that technological progress will have on human kind.
Man in the an epic rendition of America’s story – both past and present –providing the ability to view the world through a unique lens. The first of its kind, Man in the Moon mixes together various forms of art and media to put on an exciting and educational show that included dancers, acrobatics, fireworks, spoken word, music – and innovative technologies.
Run time: 96 min.
• Full Cinematic Recording of the Man in the Moon Performance as aired on TheBlaze TV
• Behind the Scenes special of the creation of Man in the Moon