The other day husband and I were in front of the computer that’s used as a TV, and he was looking at trailers (I think I was writing, but I might have been painting something.) After about the third “science fiction” movie trailer, my husband said “Do they realize all these futures are essentially Maoist? They all dress alike, they’re addressed by their rank in society, they have completely scripted lives?”
And I realized he’s right and it’s not just the dystopias, even. In all imagined SF futures, STILL, everyone dresses alike and is some kind of cog in a big machine.
Okay, I give Star Trek a pass, as what we’re seeing is more or less the military in this society. (Or perhaps the Peace Corps. Or yes. I never figured it out, fully.) But even then you have a feeling private citizens live pretty similar lives.
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