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biast | by maryann johanson

curated: ‘Doctor Who’ predicted “alternative facts” 40 years ago

Sometimes science fiction is predictive:


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  • LaSargenta

    Look, so did 1984, in 1948. Winston Smith’s job is literally rewriting history.

    But, yeah, it is cool the Doctor points this out, too. Amazing how it keeps coming up. Must be important, right?

  • Danielm80
  • LaSargenta

    That is simultaneously heartening (that people are reading it) and dispiriting (that we are still dealing with this shit).

  • Danielm80

    What’s frustrating–as I’ve said before–is that there isn’t just one story warning us about Donald Trump. Every story has a character like Donald Trump: Yertle the Turtle, The Great Dictator, The Music Man, A Face in the Crowd, Network, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the Megillah Jews read on Purim. I was watching a Punch and Judy show recently, and I realized that Trump is Mr. Punch. You’d think that with all these warnings, over hundreds of years, more people would have listened.

  • LaSargenta

    Humans are the worst. We carry our destruction with us.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Actually fifty years ago — thanks to a certain American President — “credibility gaps” were much in the news. And credibility gaps, of course, were the alternative facts of their day…

  • But that would require that people read, or watch movies not directed by Michael Bay.

  • Danielm80

    That’s why he nominated Betsy DeVos. He wants to destroy our educational system so people don’t know enough to vote against him. I’m not sure I’m kidding.

  • Jonathan Roth

    Or 2004, when an aide to George W. Bush (Possibly Karl Rove) described reporter Ron Suskind as being part of the Reality Based Community:

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality-based_community

  • LaSargenta

    Ya know, that one movie…you know which one, the odd one out, the one that shocked me to the core that it came from Michel Bay… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1980209/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_26 … I keep hoping that is really him, what he’s capable of. And, if he made lots of movies like that, his work would be enlightening (although extremely uncomfortable).

  • So far, the one movie is an anomaly. And his next movie is another *Transformers*…

  • LaSargenta

    What a disappointment.

    It must have been due to the writers. And, he must have been friends with someone who really wanted it made so he took it on.

  • Danielm80

    Y’know, every time Adam Sandler appears in a serious drama or a “sophisticated” comedy, I think, “He’s a genuinely good actor. Why doesn’t he focus on projects like this?” And then, immediately, I realize: He likes the dumb comedies. These are the kinds of films that made him want to make movies. And I guess his audience agrees with him. What can I say but “We live in a democracy”?

  • LaSargenta

    Well, I suspect it has more to do with capitalism than exercising free speech.

    But, yeah. I just had hopes from that one movie. It was good (Did you see it?)

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