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13 September 2019 @ 01:58 pm
Taking some of my better Facebook comments to a more interesting venue  
Let us not forget that Trump was elected by people who think that a printed map with a crude Sharpie addition demonstrating the point at issue is an Official Scientific Document if the President says so.

As they say, the Jets folded like a Trump casino.

Is it worse if Trump’s Seekrit Meeting story is true or false?

At least President Trump hasn’t tried to eat steak with light bulbs in it through a straw. Yet.

Putting up a graven image of the 10 Commandments is self-refuting.

Star Wars brought about the replacement of sf (which you read) by sci-fi (which you watch). One of its many pernicious effects was that one no longer had to be literate to be a geek.

May Zuck have to click on something desperately important to him and the screen suddenly moves and he winds up at a Hate Facebook site.
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Elenbarathielenbarathi on September 13th, 2019 10:54 pm (UTC)
"Star Wars brought about the replacement of sf (which you read) by sci-fi (which you watch). One of its many pernicious effects was that one no longer had to be literate to be a geek."

I'd agree with this, except it was really Star Trek that made science fiction popular among the mainstream viewing public. Star Wars came more than a decade later, and shouldn't even be counted as 'science fiction' at all, since it contains less than 2% actual science of any kind. But sure, call it 'sci-fi' - the 'geeks' of this century apparently don't realize how uncomplimentary a term that used to be.
El Coyote Gordo: unslashsupergee on September 14th, 2019 09:56 am (UTC)
Star Trek was a transitional phase. It attempted to appeal to the viewing public, but the special effects were primitive. It also had ideas and characters. Star Wars as visually a leap forward, but it was a mish-mash of old movies and its defenders were reduced to saying it had archetypes, as if one could make a movie without them.
Elenbarathi: Jessadriel_2016elenbarathi on September 15th, 2019 03:55 am (UTC)
Silent Running ought to get more credit than it usually does. It had impressive special effects (for its time,) real (though not entirely accurate) science, important ideas, compelling characters (some of whom were cute lil droids with attitudes,) and it really wasn't a copy or re-hash of anything we'd seen before. But it's just so sad, and there's no love-interest, only one fight, and no room for a sequel, so it didn't catch on the way Star Wars did. After seeing Star Wars, audiences walked out all bouncy and enthusiastic, whereas everyone who watched Silent Running came out sniffling: happy ending just sell better. Oh well!