posted on Oct, 24 2010 @ 01:30 PM
Originally posted by Argyll
reply to post by Plan2exist18
New "Skyline" Movie based off Steven Hawking's ET predictions. Is it a warning?
Nope.........why would it be?........It's a film made by Hollywood, they've been doing it for years now
It's just entertainment!
Yea, Hollywood hugs close to the zeitgeist of the moment. It's the business of processing of collective sentiment through media-monitoring.
I like to think that to get a better view of these changes, one might have to pan back to get a larger view of the 'entertainment in question'
(sentient-alien-based science fiction as social commentary/possible cultural conditioning), as it's changed over the years:
1. War of the Worlds/The Day the Earth Stood Still --> 2. Close Encounters --> 3. E.T. --> 4. Independence Day --> 5. War of the Worlds/The Day the
Earth Stood Still (remakes) --> Skyline
...as possibly parallel to the following sweeping cultural shifts:
1. The red scare --> 2. Baby Boomers: post '60s, post Vietnam - tired, but optimistic --> 3. Baby-boomer-optimism waning in middle-age, challenged by
growing fears of a faceless, martial and impersonal government --> 4. Gulf War. 'American influence' challenged, affirmed by The Fresh Prince of Bel
Air and Bill Clinton, as portrayed by Bill Pullman --> 5. post-9/11 nihilism: fear of the alien and and unknown, death, and loss of humanity, and loss
of identity, become marketable again, in the same way they were before, in 'step 1. The red scare'.
Note the same director that made "Close Encounters" and "E.T." also made the remake of "War of the Worlds": Stephen Spielberg.
He hugs close to the zeitgeist (as do most mainstream directors). Stephen Hawking's well-stated statements are merely along for the ride.
edit on 24-10-2010 by autobono because: clarified and classified
edit on 24-10-2010 by autobono because: clarified and
edit on 24-10-2010 by autobono because: To clarify and classify. Scramble in the summer sky. As 99 red balloons go