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The Terminator and Technology (part 2)


My friend Justin claims Terminator 2: Judgment Day is really the story of a boy teaching a robot how to love. I feel he’s correct but it’s akin to saying the moral of Forest Gump is that he only had sex once. Aside from its obvious intention – making more money – Terminator 2 is a great continuation of the themes explored in the 1984 original. A few days ago I wrote an article about the original Terminator, discussing the technological implications of the film and how certain concepts from it have come to pass (click here to read that article). While nuclear annihilation hasn’t occurred (and its actual arrival is always questionable) humanity’s submission to our technological masters is well under way; Terminator 2 is just another example of how those who create new technologies aren’t the best candidates for determining its implications.
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My September 11th Post: Films Featuring 9/11 Allusions

Last week I was watching a copy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day I picked up on Blu-Ray (it looks great) and noticed this:

About a month or so ago when I watched Independence Day (a mistake I’ll never make again) I noticed the countdown clock on Jeff Goldblum’s computer also said 9:11. Now I’m not a conspiracy theory nut but I’ve noticed a great deal of September 11th imagery in films released prior to the attacks. Naturally, the numbers “9-1-1” have connotations in American society extending beyond these events from almost a decade ago (it’s the number we call in an emergency, which I’m assuming everybody knows) but I can’t help feeling those looking for surreptitious government plots are interesting, even if I don’t believe them. I’m sorry but I don’t believe in secret societies the same way some of these people online do and just because the internet is a free forum (for now) doesn’t mean your ideas hold any water. However, being the sick bastard I am sometimes, here are some of my favorite images from pre-9/11 films featuring allusions to September 11th.
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