Talking Technophobia in Film

Talking Technophobia in Film: Jurassic Park

An episode of Talking Technophobia in Film

By Kevin Vachna
Technophobia in Film:
A Film Discussion Class
“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” From the very beginning, Hollywood movies have offered a frightening reflection of our deep fear of technology, its effects, and sinister implications. Time-traveling terminators, resurrected dinosaurs, alien invasions, and virtual prisons all give us a sense of just how terrified Hollywood writers, directors, and producers think we are (or should be).

In this class we will investigate popular, pivotal movies and discuss their fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discus
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Talking Technophobia in Film: Independence Day
In this class, we investigate the 1996 blockbuster film, Independence Day, and discuss the fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discussion topics will include: Weapons of War, Fear and Courage, Patriotism, the Redemptive Power of Love, Foreignness and “The Other”, as well as try to bring about World Peace in the Digital Age.
1:31:06
July 16, 2019
Talking Technophobia in Film: Gojira
The next class we will be the 1954 classic Godzilla (Gojira) and discuss the fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discussion topics will include: man vs nature, weapons of mass destruction, tensions between tradition and progress, and the hunt for mad scientists in a post-WWII Japan.
1:52:55
June 28, 2019
Talking Technophobia in Film: Star Wars- A New Hope
This class covered the 1977, sci-fi/ fantasy film, Star Wars: A New Hope and touch upon the many conflicts with technology, ethics of cybernetics, weapons of mass destruction, individuality in the face of automation, as well as themes including the “hero’s journey” and our pop cultural obsession with all things Star Wars.
1:45:02
June 21, 2019
Talking Technophobia in Film: The Matrix
This class covered the 1999 sci-fi/action film, The Matrix (Wachowski), and touch upon the many conflicts with technology, ethics of artificial intelligence and surveillance, themes including “fate vs. choice,” and our cultural obsession with truth and meaning. 
1:50:25
June 14, 2019
Talking Technophobia in Film: Jurassic Park
In this class we will investigate popular, pivotal movies and discuss their fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discussion topics will include: "the mad scientist and you," "ghosts in the machines," "alfunctioning machinations,"risks and rewards," and "the power of human ingenuity." Throughout these classes, we will discuss Modern Times, Frankenstein, The Fly, Godzilla, War of the Worlds , 2001: A Space Odessy, Moonraker, Blade Runner, Star Wars, The Matrix , and Wall-E. Our first class will cover the 1993 blockbuster film, Jurassic Park, and touch upon its many conflicts with technology, the ethics of genetic engineering, themes including "chaos vs. control" and our cultural obsession with dinosaurs.
1:47:22
April 9, 2019
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