Apocalypse Fanboy

the end of Dennis Nedry

Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now [bangs on the table] you’re selling it, you wanna sell it.
–Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park”

It’s too easy for me to interpret Jurassic Park simply as an allegory about “science-gone-mad.” I really see it more of a statement on the new era of entertainment that was dawning in the 1990s, and that would mutate and take over movies, TV, video games, and comics.

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Observations 7/17/17


First of all: writing that Spear Of Destiny post was a hoot, and I’m glad so many of you liked it. I had been planning it literally for months. This is such a nutty book that as I was thumbing through it last night to finish the review, I was SO tempted to start reading it all over again. It’s one of those books, for better or for worse. I will probably pick up on themes from it in future posts.

Second, I am not unaware that a new Doctor Who—the “13th” Doctor (though your mileage will vary on that #)—was recently announced, and is a woman. I wrote a brief post on my initial reflections on Fantasy Merchant, and you can read it here.

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