You know what everyone loves? Lists.
- In 1948, George Orwell’s 1984 basically foreshadowed webcams (cameras in the tv screens enabling Big Brother access into every home). But no video phoning. Fail.
- In 1966, Star Trek posited a time in which people have portable flippy communication devices. But no angry birds app. Fail.
- There’s no jerky, pixelated, handheld footage of the 1968 Paris riots. Fail.
- 1971’s Harold and Maude didn’t include a scene in which the titular protagonists bond over a shared cat-based Youtube video. Fail.
- In Wall Street (1987), Gordon Gecko’s murder weapon of a cellphone couldn’t scroll down up-to-date stock information. Fail.
- In 1989, Back To The Future 2’s Biff couldn’t lay bets on sporting fixtures using a mobile phone. Fail.
- In 1989, Back To The Future 2 reckoned we’d still be widely using fax machines. Epic Fail.
- In 1991’s Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin couldn’t use his dad’s iphone to post a “Free House – party at my gaff hashtag lollz” update on Facebook. Fail.
- In 1993, Demolition Man suggested that Taco Bell would in time own all restaurants. But no means of ordering takeaway food without the need to speak to another human being. Fail.
- In 1999, The Matrix claimed that year to be the pinnacle of human society. But there were no Samsung whatever-friendly social networks like Twitter or Instagram. Fail.
- In 2005, James Bond got a mobile phone instead of an exploding pen that was also a submarine. Fail.
Pride and Prejudice (2005) – no Tatler app. Wilde (1997) – no Grindr. Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986) – no Craigslist. Dawn of The Dead (1978) – No Plants vs Zombies. Amadeus (1984) – no Virtuoso Piano Free 3.
…Actually, come to think of it…