Saturday, June 28, 2014

Science: Enemy or Ally?

In the article "The Imagination of Disaster" by Susan Sontag speaks about how science fiction films give a world wide fill of anxieties to the people who watch them. She also writes about science fiction films does two jobs with fantasy. One job is help us as viewers get out of less exciting films and distract us from horrors and by showing last minute happy endings. The another job is have fantasy give us sense of what is actually normal. A quote that Susan Sontag writes to makes things simple is "...fantasy beautifies the world. In the other, it neutralizes it". 

Question 4: a science fiction film that I saw recently called "World War Z" which was mainly about a zombie apocalypse which encompassed the world. Susan writes that science-fiction films are not all about science but there about disaster because science even though it is helpful, it is also very dangerous how one mistake can lead to situations like the world ending. 

4 comments:

  1. You are right about Sontag' s opinion of science fiction. She gives some vivid details to show how the science fiction can be mostly disaster than science. For instance, she refers to nuclear wars as consequences of nuclear weapons.

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  3. Could you please tell me more about that "World War Z" film?

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  4. Khurshed's right! We need more about the film to understand how it relates to Sontag! How does WWZ support Sontag's points? THAT'S your essay :-)

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