The film Contagion displays not only the terror of a virus that could spread so carelessly, but also the impact the media has on people. Jude Law’s character, Alan Krumwiede was a conspiracy theorist, and put his thoughts about the spreading virus on his online blog. Alan went as far as to pretend that he was infected by the virus and claimed that he knew the cure to be found in Forsythia. After Alan displayed himself taking Forsythia on his blog and claimed that it cured him, people ran to the their local pharmacies and bought Forsythia until there was literally none left. There is a scene in the movie where Alan’s friend Lorraine was in a pharmacy waiting in line to buy Forsythia. When the pharmacy ran out of the Forsythia, a riot broke out. Later in the film Alan is arrested and charged with manslaughter. He made 4.5 million dollars off of Forsythia, and it wasn’t even the cure. To make matters worst, Alan never had any antibodies for the disease.
The fear of death in the novel White Noise by DeLillo is an obsessive attribute to the characters of the novel. Unfortunately death is an unavoidable occurance in life. Jack, the protagonist of the novel spends the entire novel wrestling with his fear of dying. Readers discover that Babette, Jack’s wife, is taking a pill called Dylar to help cure her of her fear of dying. If there was a therapist in the novel, they would declare Jack and his wife as Thanatophobic, which is the phobia for the fear of dying. It is more than likely that Jack may have been going through a mid life crisis, because the novel mentions his 51st birthday approaching. In one part of the novel Jack wakes up at 3:51am and wonders if the time is a sign. Jack is exposed to Nyodene D. after a train crashes and lets out a poisonous gas, he is told that he has 30 years to live. This causes Jack’s fear of dying to get even worst. The characters should’ve spent more time living and loving each other, rather than obsessing over death and other morbid ideas.
The concept of time in the movie The Road is interesting because it doesn’t exist anymore to the protagonist. The man who remains without a name explains how time stopped for him at 1:17. He says that at that time there was a bright flash in the sky and a rumbling noise. Viewers must draw to the conclusion that at 1:17 the world ends. 1:17 is such an odd time, you really can’t put any rhyme or reason to why at 1:17 the world ends. The boy being about my age when the 2000 world ending scare was occuring. I couldn’t help to think back to everything that happened in 1999. I remember in 1999, everyone thought that the world would end at 12am New Years Day 2000. My sister was just born on Valentine’s Day in 1999. I was 12 years old at the time and was quite scared to be honest. I remember everyone buying food and creating shelters to survive the world ending. I remember asking my grandmother why we weren’t going to buy food in bulk to survive the world ending. She said “If we die, we die”. This wasn’t encouraging as a child, especially because me and my sister didn’t get a chance to live our lives yet. I remember waiting and watching that New Years Eve to see what would happen at 12am. When the clock struck 12 and everything was the same, I remember feeling so stupid for falling for all the media hype. In the movie The Road, the world ends unexpectedly. Leaving this man and his son in a cannibalistic society. Time never actually stops in the movie. I believe time stops for the Man mentally because the life that he knew and was used to vanished. Now here we are in 2012 with talks of the world ending again. I am now 24 years old, and my sister is now 13. She is about to experience what I experienced with the media talking about the world ending this year. Time is always moving, even when it feels like it may stop in your world.
In Josef Rusnak’s film The Thirteenth Floor, viewers are introduced to Units. The Units are modeled after humans, making it possible for them to think and feel human emotions. Hanning Fuller wanted the links to be made to 1937, because that was the era of his youth. When they created a link with their Unit, their body stays in their world, while their conscious transfers over to their Unit. The Unit is a replica of the actual person. Douglas Hall became John Ferguson when he transfered over to his Unit. This is like in James Cameron’s Avatar. In Avatar there had to be human DNA mixed with the native DNA in order to create a match between the humans and avatars. In The Thirteenth Floor they downloaded into their Unit, making the connection more on a computer basis, than a natural basis.
The movie Avatar by James Cameron reminded me of the Colonization period in American History between the American Indians and the British. The British supposedly wanted to help the American Indians by teaching them English, building schools, and doing other unwanted tasks. The same occurs in Avatar between the Navi and the humans. We discover that the humans want a rock in Pandora that is worth $20 million a kilo. The Navi, like the American Indians are very in touch with nature. James Cameron made the attachment between the Navi and nature literal, by having them connect with the animals, trees and plants by using their braid as if it is being plugged into an outlet. The humans use Jake as a tool to get close to the Navi. When Jake gathered enough information for the humans, they cut down the trees, burned down their village, and murdered some of them forcing them to move. This is similar to what occurs between the American Indians and the British. I enjoyed how James Cameron uses Avatar as a way to talk about Colonization in a tech and 21st Century manner.
“She stared at his head tentacles. She raised her hand, let it reach toward him almost as though it had it’s own will, its own intent. No more Awakenings. No more questions. No more impossible answers. Nothing” (Butler pg. 43). This is my favorite quote from Lilith’s Brood: Dawn because Lilith is given opportunity to free herself from this parallel universe that she awakens to by Jdahya. All of her family is dead, she has no friends, and she was forced to stay in a tree. The only way to be free from everything is through suicide. After everything that she learns so far from Jdahya at this point in the novel, Lilith decides to keep her life. I believe if anyone else was given that type of choice, they would’ve chosen suicide instead of living under these circumstances.
My favorite quote from the novel Neuromancer by William Gibson is “Stop hustling and you sank without a trace, but move a little too swiftly and you’d break the fragle surface tension of the black market; either way, you were gone, with nothing left of you…” (Gibson, pg. 9-10). This quote explains why Case became a hacker. There is a thin line between good and bad in this novel. Case moved too fast and stole from his employers, causing them to damage his nervous system with a Russian Mycotoxin.
In the movieThe Social Network, there is an underlying level of jealousy between Mark and Eduardo. In the beginning of the movie, Mark is jealous of Eduardo for becoming a pledge into the exclusive fraternity on campus, The Phoenix. Any time Eduardo speaks to Mark about him getting further into his acceptance process with The Phoenix, Mark will either change the subject or tell Eduardo something like “Don’t worry if you don’t go any farther”. Mark puts on an act that he doesn’t want to be part of the Phoenix House, but viewers know better.
Eduardo’s jealousy comes out when Shawn Parker comes around. Shawn puts on a game that he is trying to help Mark and Eduardo create Facebook, but he really wants to take Eduardo’s place. Eduardo becomes jealous when Mark allows Shawn to take on more roles while creating Facebook. Eventually Shawn and Mark trick Eduardo into signing his rights from Facebook. Mark and Eduardo are jealous of each other throughout the movie, and it gets to the point that they lose their friendship.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, there is a scene when Winston goes to Mrs. Parson’s apartment to fix her pipes that were clogged. Readers are introduced to Mrs. Parsons children, and their lifestyle under totalitarian rule. They give the impression of typical children playing a game of “Cops and Robbers”. “Up with your hands!” yelled a savage voice. A handsome, tough looking boy of nine had popped up from behind the table and was menacing him with a toy automatic pistol, while his small sister, about two years younger made the same gesture with a fragment of wood” (Orwell pgs. 22-23). Unfortunately, a game of “Cops and Robbers” for these children is far from what we think to be typical. “You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy, “You’re a thought-criminal! You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you, I’ll vaporize you, I’ll send you to the salt mines!” (pg. 23). The children exhibit details of what is going on around them. The real kicker in this section of the novel is when Winston discovered that the children wanted to go see a hanging. “They’re disappointed because they couldn’t go to see the hanging, that’s what it is. I’m too busy to take them, and Tom won’t be back from work in time” (pg.23). This is interesting because, children should never want to see something as graphic as this. Living under Totalitarian rule ruins the children of Oceania. Their innocence is taken away early. They really can not live their lives as regular children.