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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blade Runner

I was watching the first half of Blade Runner last night.  Perhaps you know of the Blade Runner Curse?  Almost all of the corporations seen advertising in the movie have gone out of business.  All except Coke.

Anyway, the movie is set in 2019, which is now suddenly right around the corner.  How good a job did Ridley Scott do at predicting the future?

Some of the technology is laughably antiquated: the computers, video screens, communications.  Others aren't on the immediate horizon: flying cars, cloning.

But I was struck by two things: One was the vision of Los Angeles as a cosmopolitan mega-city with a mishmash of English, Chinese and Spanish being spoken.  The specifics are wrong,  but the general idea looks accurate.

The other was there seems to be some sense of climate change present in the movie.  LA is not a rainy place, yet it never stops raining, you never see the sun.  If anything, it looks a little like the air in Beijing.

Oh, and that voice-over is GODAWFUL.

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