Sunday, November 20, 2011
Science fiction as prophecy: Robocops 2011
Here's a photo of Portland's finest, the fabulous "first responders" now called out to quash dissent and suppress freedom. One thing that strikes me is how closely they resemble "Robcop" from the 1987 movie. These costly, disgusting cyborgs and now on parade in dozens of towns, cities and even college campuses across the U.S., paid for by lavish spending on "homeland security." Is this the image of America's future?
By the way, all of the excited chatter about "hybrids" and "cyborgs" in the humanities and social sciences in recent years helped venerate creatures of this sort. How does it look now, cyborg theorists?