So I randomly decided to watch the Black Rock Shooter OVA again, and smiled wryly at the scene when Mato is deliberating over what to write in her text. It’s pretty interesting how things like movies, TV series, and anime can be used to analyze the state of technology at a certain point in time. Back when I was in junior high, cell phones weren’t very widespread yet, so if your friend didn’t show up to school, you had to wait until school was over, then find their home phone number and hope someone picked up. E-mail existed, but affordable high-speed internet didn’t, so you had to use dial-up, meaning that e-mails weren’t as convenient a form of communication as it is today. If I had access to the communication options back while I was growing up that I had today, I’m certain I would have turned out differently. Being dependent on “archaic” technology partly defined our lives; the convenience of the world today is truly a force to be reckoned with.
For example, if you’ve seen the movie Back to the Future Part II (1989), they travel to the year 2015 (only a few years from now!). It’s pretty hilarious to see what the people of the 80s thought would be “futuristic” or “advanced” and compare it to what we already have access to.
Apparently, in “the future,” not only will there be flying cars and hover skateboards, but every home will have a multitude of fax machines, and the in-vogue thing to do when someone is fired is to spam their fax machines and networked televisions with “YOU’RE FIRED!!!” This is definitely a big reason why technology and the advancement of humankind fascinates me, though; analyzing the imagination of humanity and seeing how well the restrained rate of technological progress matches with our “predictions.” io9 is a great site to browse that compares the two very well, being a reporter of news on both the technological front and the entertainment industry (books, comics, movies, TV shows).