Smartphones Are A Blessing And A Curse

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…


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