Predicting the future

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The videos predicting that our way of life will be forever altered by the evolution of new media in the next hundred years or so is a signal that we live in interesting times. Unfortunately, you know what they say about living in interesting times. I have trouble accepting the theory that new media will cause the human race to by and large withdraw from the plane of tangible reality and possibly take permanent refuge in a virtual one. Yes, there are already many people on the planet who choose to supplement their normal reality with the rudimentary facsimile of reality that exists within the internet. But there are voices or reason and sanity in the world that are attempting to curb that minority from growing. I honestly don’t believe that the majority of the human race would choose to supplement their daily activities with virtual ones, as that kind of behavior is almost exclusive to a certain psychological profile. However, I do believe that we must be wary of convenience and comfort. When we become dependent on things that provide convenience, we lose our ability to do things independently (re: “WALL-E“, “eXistenZ“, “Total Recall“, etc.) and lose our true humanity.

Also troubling is the death of printed media. Professionalism in the media is already severely endangered, and the thought of anyone who fancies their self a reporter delivering “news” to the world is frightening. Facts will give way to sensationalism, proper discourse will give way to stubborn shouting matches and partisanship; after all, if you can choose to tailor what news you to your political views, you’re essentially refusing to view things outside of your spectrum of beliefs. Many people these days feel that they *must* hold to their beliefs and opinions unfailingly, which makes the prospect of debate and discussion impossible.

The consequences of this new media evolution for the film industry are undoubtedly major, but fairly vague at the moment. The industry is holding on by the skin of its teeth when it comes to putting movies in theaters.

Speaking of which, I’d like to point out that the best possible way to view a film is on a real movie screen. Not your computer, not your iPod, not your phone, not on television, not even on the screens you’ll find in multiplexes. I’m talking about a real movie screen that you’ll find in smaller specialized theaters. The kind of screen that allows you to fully appreciate everything that the film maker worked so hard to meticulously put there. And, as Spike Lee said, “Making movies is hard work”. It’s disrespectful to the incredible amount of work that is put into even the worst movie to simply pirate it for free.

John Lasseter’s “WALL-E” (2008) predicts the future of the human race:


Trailer for David Cronenberg’s “eXistenZ” (1999)

Trailer for Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall” (1990)

David Lynch’s message to people who watch movies on their phones:


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~ by frankmc5 on September 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Predicting the future”

  1. I agree with you completely on how unfortunate the fall of printed media is. Online news can be helpful when done correctly but most of it is just ridiculous. I heard a girl talking to her friend about how she considers logging onto perezhilton.com (insane celebrity gossip that is only true about 1% of the time) a few times a day, as being “up on the news”.

  2. The last part of your blog really spoke to me. Like I really agree with that. It is just one example about how people are too lazy to appreciate real life and are too wrapped up in their own technology to notice. Like people can’t even get up out of their own homes to go to a real movie they just can download it for free and get it on their iPod or burn it onto her computers or whatever. You’re so right it’s just not the same!

    -Danielle

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