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Subj: Re: Future in the past (2017): the Running man
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Heres another film, made in 1987, about the future, 2017. I was thinking to see what it gets right and wrong.

What it gets right:
a lot in my opinion.

economic collapse: It predicts an ecomonic catastrophe which causes a widening gap between rich and poor in the US. while not exactly a bold prediction, in the gung-ho 80s, it at least came true.

reality television: it nails the coming obsession with the masses being catered to with mindless 'reality tv" style shows.

media manipulation: again not a huge prediction, but still pretty true this day and age

prices: Amber complains about buying a six dollar coca-cola. not too far off from that.

what it gets wrong:
killing: much like rollerball, we havent gone so fall as to accept televised murder yet.

other things anybody notices?

Like Blade Runner, the city shots all show giant TVs everywhere. The Jumbotron in Times Square wasn't built until 1990. Although the news ticker had been there since 1928, which might be where they got the idea.

The prison has exploding collars on the prisoners. Cross the line at the perimeter and your head comes off. As far as I know this has not been implemented yet. With the rise of for-profit prisons I doubt it will be. Killing your slave labor is probably not good for profits.

The "travelling matte" to replace a stuntman with Arnie's face in the video feed. We do have deepfakes now which is a version of the same.

They mention the "cadres" owning the tv networks (and Killian hawks Cadre Cola). Since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 all tv and film studios, at least in the US, have been owned by the Big Six corporations (Disney, CBS, Viacom, Comcast, News Corp, Time Warner). Prior to that it was more spread out. Is this what they were getting at?

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