Technology's Impact on Society: Progress&Productivity VS Convenience&Consumption
SESSION #6 - PROGRESS&PRODUCTIVITY VS CONVENIENCE&CONSUMPTION
WALL-E (Andrew Stanton - 2008)
Director Andrew Stanton brings a delightful futuristic parable, in an animated movie that brought Pixar to a remarkable peak in its production of entertaining product, still able to be profoundly moving and though-provoking.
Wall-e is a cartoon version of our potential extinction. Planet Earth has been left behind by mankind as one large waste dump with a single surviving robot dwelling on its destroyed surface. Humans are shown as obese and degenerated individuals whose new habitat is a department store like spaceship where they indulge in consumption.
The positivist ambition for technology to relieve humanity of all the inconveniences of life used to be pictured as an Utopia, but this movie shows how such a system would definitely present the "problem of technology" as a solid downside.
"We were having anywhere from two to a dozen boxes from Amazon show up at my doorstep every other day. I just started to think, like, where does all this s**t go?"
- Andrew Stanton
Does technology control us, already?
Let's join the course session and try to give an answer to these questions.
19.00 - Check in
19.15 - Moderation
19.30 - Start Screening
21:00 - Discussion and drinks
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SCREENING ARE ALWAYS IN ENGLISH. Chinese subtitles not guaranteed.
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