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The Terminator and Technology (part 1)


I just picked up James Cameron’s 1984 film The Terminator on Blu-ray the other day and I’m glad I did. I’ve always been a fan of the Terminator films and the original is still my favorite. I loathe James Cameron as a person (I think he’s a conceded, egotistical prick) but I can’t deny he makes good films. Ok, so maybe Avatar and Titanic aren’t that great (Titanic is enjoyable, even though it’s overly sentimental) but films like Aliens, the Terminator films, Piranha II: The Spawning, and True Lies are excellent – a prime example of why Cameron is lauded by so many. However, moving back to The Terminator, I’ve always felt this film is a great example of what technology can do when left to its own devices. Neil Postman argues in Technopoly that the makers of a technology aren’t the best candidates for determining its application; The Terminator demonstrates how a technology, which resembles cloud computing and is a form of artificial intelligence, can go awry when implemented by those who create it.
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G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe, the children’s cartoon from the 1980s, has returned, appearing late at night on an obscure cable channel called Hub. I used to love this show as a child, buying the toys and the propaganda Hasbro was selling. Watching the show again, well over 20 years later, I still find it fun but for different reasons. Instead of seeing it as a fun, action-packed animated series, I perceive it as a highly unrealistic piece of propaganda – selling both ideology and cheap plastic toys.
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