Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

I'm getting ideas to do a writing project. The day has suddenly become sinister.

Oh, don't get excited -- it's not going to be any writing project about cool stories with flying ninja horses or bishy space-pirates or what have you. No, unfortunately, it's going to be boring old non-fiction.

Maybe I'm showing my age here, but my mind was wandering the other day, and I remembered the early 1980's, back when personal computers were the huge new thing (kind of like how the Internet would be the huge new thing ten years later), and how pop-culture was reacting to them. Basically, I want to go back and take a look at some of the movies that treated the home computer as this sort of magical box that could do anything, like some sort of microprocessed djinn. (...and since this involves electronic circuits plugged into a power supply, does that make it djinn and juice? ... I'm. I'm so sorry about that.)

I'm thinking of taking a look at movies like WarGames, Superman III, and Weird Science, seeing them through the lens of, well, nowadays (when personal computers are as much an accepted and un-thought-about part of our daily lives as, say, the automobile). Because apparently you can take me out of grad school, but you can't take grad school out of me. Or something.

(Now that I think about it, shouldn't this entry deserve an "Adult Concepts" rating? It's odd, to me at least, that something like bawdy jokes should be flagged as "adult content," but cultural theory gets an all-ages pass. It kind of reminds me of an episode of Sealab 2021 that I saw, where there's a tv announcer saying "Stay tuned for our special late-night adult content!!" -- and the scene on the tv immediately switches to a married couple sitting at their kitchen table paying bills.)
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