“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” From the very beginning, Hollywood movies have offered a frightening reflection of our deep fear of technology, its effects, and sinister implications. Time-traveling terminators, resurrected dinosaurs, alien invasions, and virtual prisons all give us a sense of just how terrified Hollywood writers, directors, and producers think we are (or should be).
In this class we will investigate popular, pivotal movies and discuss their fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discussion topics will include: “the mad scientist and you,” “ghosts in the machines,” “malfunctioning machinations,” “risks and rewards,” and “the power of human ingenuity.”
Friday July 10
“Gather up your best droogs, slowly sip that warm glass of milk-plus, and get ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. This July on “Talking Technophobia in Film,” we continue our Second Season and year-long discussion of the cultural significance of Stanley Kubrick’s famous Films. So rehearse your best rendition of “Singing in the Rain,” listen to a little of the old Ludwig Van, and consider how the colors of the real world only seem real when you viddy them on the screen, as we turn our attention to A Clockwork Orange (1971).
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