Since we began this course I know we’ve done a couple in class reflections or free writing exercises that a little bit of reflection. As a writer I believe I haven’t changed much. I’d hope this would be different but in all honesty I haven’t kept up with my practice writing with my weekly blog post and comments. When it comes to analyzing text and understanding a story I do think I’ve changed.
Being able to understand a character’s motives, how they interact with other characters and overall the importance of their actions in a setting or story. I know that I was able to do this before but it is different now because I look deeper. The constant questioning you made us do, and looking for evidence to back our ideas and conclusions, looking at the smallest things to help us see why they do what they do.
The power and scope of science fiction was something that wasn’t lost to me before this class. I know that many science fiction works from books to movies have influenced our society in big ways. A connection I noticed after watching the short film of the machine, and blade runner, as well as reading a Brave new world and Do androids dream of electric sheep was with the company Apple. Early on before they became what we know today they had an unveiling of an early personal computer. The idea behind the marketing was that they wanted to sell a computer that was different from the boring office IBM and microsoft computers that were the norm. The painted this picture with a very controversial commercial that showed hundreds of people dressed the same, same bald heads, etc. They all looked like robots or androids. Then comes in the hero; a woman running through the middle of all the androids with a giant sledge hammer. She throws and smashes a giant screen that was talking and brainwashing the crowd. I saw a direct connection not only in the idea, to (Do androids dream of electric sheep), but I also saw a visual connection to blade runner.
This inspiration on these science fiction classics is something I love. I want to design street wear and start my own brand with my illustrations and ideas. Many of the logos, and graphics I create are inspired by films and books. Their typefaces, logos, poster designs, the imagery in a scene, a piece of clothing a character wore, or an interesting phrase or quote a character said that stays with me. I grab inspiration from pretty much everything around me. I know that science fiction still till this day is looked on like a genre for nerds but everywhere you look you can see references to it and how it inspires products. Clothing that famous designers create, the cars we see today inspired by films from decades ago. Technology we use today inspired by ideas that were hinted in movies and books. One thing I noticed and love is how the writers of the books we read basically predicted the future? In a brave new world they predicted a helicopter / plane. It could take off vertically like a helicopter but once in air, it’s propellers would shift forward and it would fly like a plane. That is incredible.
A new idea, or well not new idea but rather something I noticed in these writings was the importance of religion. I grew up Roman Catholic and I went through all of the customs and things Catholics. But as soon as I was old enough to make my own choices I stopped going to church. So I’ve never been into religion personally I knew that it was important for many. I like the idea of learning about religion and where it began and it’s history but I always had an issue with evidence. What I found interesting in pretty much every single one of our readings was the importance of religion. How in many of the “Advanced” societies that we read about they would talk about advancing past the nonsense of religion and gods, but as you continued you’d notice how they’ve developed their own religions. Praising machines, or the government and listening to their rules. I found it interesting how all these societies no matter how advanced still had many of our issues. The second things were out of their hands, they’d become stressed and look up to a powerful being for help and structure. For a brave new world it was the world state and soma to make them feel good and structured. For the Machine Stops it was of course the machine to make them feel safe inside their little bubble.
For the next half of the semester, I hope to just continue looking at and being exposed to reading and stories I haven’t seen before and I hope to become a better writer. I’m pretty much just over the place now spitting out my ideas as I go. This was just like a free writing exercise for me.