Essay 3: Media

Essay 3: Media2021-05-16T16:00:16-05:00

When Human and Tech Collapse: A Close Reading of Estrada’s “Alienation”

Alienation by Ines Estrada is a science fiction graphic novel that follows Elizabeth and her boyfriend Carlos through their daily life in 2054. The book oscillates between the utopic virtual reality filled with adventure and life in contrast to a violent physical reality of climate degradation and paranoia. 2054 is eerily tangible, offering snapshots of our present world in the world of Elizabeth and Carlos. However, Elizabeth’s reality and virtual reality collapse when she is chosen by a virus that has corrupted her GoogleGland to carry the first humanoid with artificial consciousness. She is forcefully and traumatically inseminated, both in the mind and the body. Estrada uses nebulous semantic […]

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Snowpiercer: A Critique on Class and Climate Change

Snowpiercer, based on the French post-apocalyptic graphic novel of the same name (Le Transperceneige) by Jacques Lob, was released in 2013, thirty-one years after the release of this graphic novel in 1982. While this movie makes many critiques on our society in its year of publication, said critiques continue to be valid even today.

Snowpiercer is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the apocalyptic events were brought about due to human-made causes via abuse of technology. These abuses ultimately caused the weather to change severely, bringing about the ice age the events of the movie are set in. Making a clear reference […]

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The Day After Tomorrow: The Politics of Climate Change

Climate change and global warming have been a concern for decades now. What has also been consistent, are the critics and government officials who deny the existence of climate change, humanity’s role in such changes, and whether it is concerning enough to invest time and money into preventative measures. Analyzing the years leading into the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow gives us an in-depth look at how the debate stood then, and some takeaways for today, 17 years later.

The film is a climate crisis science fiction film, in which paleoclimatologist Jack Hall and his team of researchers predict global warming will lead to lowered salinity levels […]

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Ex Machina: What Computers Can Do?

Ex Machina is a science fiction thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Issac, and Sonoya Mizuno. It tells a story of a young programmer invited to participate in a technological and psychological experiment about artificial intelligence. The director had the idea that “computers have minds” when he was 11 after learning how to code. Later in his career, he was influenced by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and started his screenplay in Pinewood Studios with a limited budget. The film begins when the young programmer Caleb is selected to meet Nathan, the CEO of the search engine company Blue Book. Nathan lives in a remote modern […]

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“Dinosaurs Eat Man—Woman Inherits the Earth”: How Jurassic Park Subverts Male Power Fantasies

When the chief engineer John Arnold fails to return to the safety of the bunker in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, the character Ellie Sattler volunteers to retrieve him. The power is out and the dinosaurs are running freely through the park, causing destruction and chaos in their wake. John Hammond, the venture capitalist who conceived and birthed the idea of the theme park, worriedly tells Ellie that it ought to be him going, not her. She saucily snaps, “We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.”

Ellie is often underestimated in both the film and book. It is paleontologist Alan Grant that John Hammond wants to approve his park and at the […]

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Individualism and Collectivism in the Search for a New Home

            Earth as an uninhabitable planet seems both like fiction as well as a foreseeable future. In recent years, more and more apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic science fiction are being produced in reaction to climate change and the environmentally disastrous path we see ourselves going down with. Both Interstellar and The Wandering Earth are films within the genre. However, being produced in different cultures, the fundamental ideas they engage with are drastically different. While Interstellar approaches the search for a new home through individualism, an American ideology, The Wandering Earth approaches the same issue through collectivism, a Chinese ideology. While Christopher Nolan deconstructs the idea of individualism into love and personal connection, complexing the concept, making […]

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She Appreciates Power: Grimes, Techno-oligarchy, and “Miss Anthropocene”

       It was a matter of national news when Claire Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, and tech-billionaire Elon Musk announced the name of their child to an anxiously awaiting world. X Æ A-Xii (astounding) was born three months after Grimes released her fifth studio album. Like her child’s name, Grimes’s delightfully cyberpunk Miss Anthropocene, theoretically a concept album about the climate crisis (it mostly fails at this endeavor), is a perfect example of the slippery terrain of pop stars’ private/public lives. Though I love this album (and, frankly, the infant’s name is also too good), I can’t help but note its troubling relationship to […]

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Fullmetal Alchemist: “An Alchemist’s Anguish” and Human Rights

Fullmetal Alchemist: “An Alchemist’s Anguish” and Human Rights

“Alchemy should be used for the people.”

      When it comes to science fiction as a genre, we can’t ignore the influence of Japanese animation and writing. We’ve seen different popular pieces like Ghost in the Shell or Cowboy Bebop that take place in a science fiction world. Another example is the 64 episodes anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, based on Hiromu Arakawa’s manga. It aired from 2009 to 2010 under BONES Animation Studio, Square Enix, and Aniplex production. The story focuses on two brothers that practice the science of alchemy under the law of equivalence exchange: “something cannot be created from nothing, and so […]

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Essay 3: Fifteen Million Merits

“Fifteen Million Merits” is the second episode of the widely popular series Black Mirror that sets in stone what the show’s intents are. That is, it depicts an imagined reality based on our increasingly technology-dependent world: “the way we live now, and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.” Originally aired in 2011, the episode strikes as one of the most relevant ones and hits close to home in our surveillance-capitalistic society, even after a decade.

The story takes place in a dystopian near future that exaggerates fame-driven economy. The general population lives in screen-covered rooms and toils away on indoor bikes to generate power while constantly being bombarded by […]

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Ghost in the Shell: A Transition to Postmodernism

Ghost in the Shell (1995) is an anime cyberpunk film directed by the Japanese director Mamoru Oshii. The story is set in 2029 Japan, and the protagonist of this film is a cyborg policewoman called Motoko Kusanagi. Motoko Kusanagi serves as a leader in the Public Security Section 9, and all the members in this department are cyborg humans. Their bodies are replaced with machines, and even their brain are cyber-brain, which allows them to connect to the internet. Cyborg people’s memory is stored outside their bodies, so the destruction of their flesh won’t cause the loss of their memory. However, such separation of the corporeal(Shell) and the spirit(ghost) causes Motoko to keep questioning […]

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Star Trek: The Original Series; A Sociocultural Sling Shot Back into the 1960’s

“The Enterprise is home.”—Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, “Tomorrow is Yesterday.”

Gene Rodenberry’s television series Star Trek (1966-1969) was humanity’s warp drive into the future as science fiction became science fact. The television series inspired technological innovations and pushed socially constructed boundaries, exploring new sociocultural and political worlds, and yes—”bolding going where no [hu]man has gone before.” Writers of the series brought important issues into American television sets during the 1960’s, crossing many boundary-lines which included, but not limited to, the Sexual Revolution, the Women’s Rights Movement (“second wave” of feminism), Civil Rights, the Black Power Movements, anti-war movements, the Cold War, nuclear weapons, decolonization, communism, terrorism, the Space Race, technological advances, computers and […]

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Essay #3: What Happened To Monday

                                         Essay #3: What Happened To Monday 

       What Happened To Monday also known in other geographical spaces as “Seven Sisters” is a 2017 dystopian science fiction action movie. Written by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson and directed by Tommy Wirkola, What Happened To Monday takes place in year 2073 during a noticeable overpopulation of the world thus resulting in the plummeting of resources as well as the implementation of a one child (per family) allocation system. The content of the movie offers

By |March 26th, 2021|Categories: Essay 3|0 Comments

The Matrix – Essay 3

“The Matrix”, a 1999 science fiction action film, depicts a dystopian future whereby intelligent machines are using the bodies of humans as an energy source by distracting them in a simulating reality, which is called the matrix. Only a few rebels have broken out of this computer program to face the reality of the world created by the intelligent machines, and together recruit a computer programmer with hacker alias “Neo” who has uncovered the truth.

At the time of release, technology has gained an important place in society, and, high-tech computers and information technology was rapidly progressing, eliminating many mechanical tasks that were once required to be done by humans. However, the development of such technology […]

By |April 12th, 2020|Categories: Essay 3, Lina|0 Comments

The Matrix of 1999 and Today

One sci-fi great that was not included in our class syllabus is The Matrix, which is a 1999 film written and directed by the Wachowskis. The Matrix tells the story of Thomas Anderson, more commonly known in the computer hacking world as Neo. Neo is a computer programmer by day, but at night, he searches for answers on the internet as to why he feels that something about life, as well as the world, is slightly eschewed. Then he meets Trinity, who says that a man named Morpheus can explain everything Neo wants to know. Despite attacks by armed men who claim Morpheus is a “known terrorist,” Neo agrees to meet him. Morpheus says that he knows the truth […]

By |April 11th, 2020|Categories: Essay 3, Madison|0 Comments

Total Recall: reflection on reality, humanity and intersectionality

Essay 3- Total Recall: reflection on reality, humanity and intersectionality


I really enjoy watching this film and can’t believe Total Recall (1990) was really filmed in 1990 because it is really advanced stuff at that time with a great combination of imagination and SF elements. Total Recall questions the nature of reality and humanity. The whole story is built up with a framework of pseudo reality. As an audience, I also could not distinguish some plots as apparent realities or Doug Quaid’s dream or delusion, especially when came to the plot that a representative of Rekall company shows up with Quaid’s wife and tell Quaid that he is lost in the memory trip to Mars and […]

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