Talking Technophobia in Film: “Independence Day (1996)” July 12 7pm

“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. Discussion topics will include: “the mad scientist and you,” “ghosts in the machines,” “malfunctioning machinations,” “risks and rewards,” and “the power of human ingenuity.” 

FRIDAY July 12th at 7:00pm

In this class, we will 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.

Click HERE to register for this free class at LMCTV, space is limited.

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