“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.”
November 8th at 7:00pm
Insert bad pun, here… This month on “Talking Technophobia in Film,” we pour some dry martinis and search for secret agents in space, with the 1979 James Bond film, Moonraker.
We will touch upon the transformative & subversive elements of technology, the ethical uncertainties of the spy genre, and the Star-Wars-ification of cinema. Some themes will include the “redemptive power of love,” “human ingenuity,” and what happens when social critiques become a gimmick.
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