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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Why a 50-year-old kiddie cartoon still matters. "Thanks in large part to the Jetsons, there's a sense of betrayal that is pervasive in American culture today about the future that never arrived"   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com ) divider line 9
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2012-09-20 12:47:45 AM  
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There's no flying cars because most people are just barely able to handle the X and Y axis without adding Z in too.
2012-09-19 09:30:28 PM  
2 votes:
Fun fact: the national park system was kept at least in part because people in the '60s expected the low workweek prevalent in the Jetsons, as a counterweight to high productivity and therefore low number of hours necessary to work. So it was expected that by now we'd only be working 10 hours a week or so, and we'd need places to go to keep ourselves entertained with all the time we now have. Of course, it was also expected that multiple people work work the same job to maintain the 40 hour workweek we have now, so if George worked 10 hours, there would be 3 other people with the same job who would work when he didn't. It was expected for some reason that companies would do this and that they weren't evil, soulless bastards.
2012-09-20 10:52:49 PM  
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alice_600: Flying cars, seriously? I want a male robot sex toy who wears what I want him to wear and access to my bank account so he give me my money when I ask for it.


Couldn't you just bolt a Sybian onto the front of an ATM machine and then drape a tuxedo over it?
2012-09-20 01:13:05 AM  
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2012-09-20 12:58:59 AM  
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No, when I was in elementary school, we had an assembly where the speaker told us that we had to study hard at math and science because while almost no one was an astronaut today, when we grew up 1 in 7 jobs would be connected to space. Then Challenger blew up, killed one farking teacher, and republicans had the excuse they needed to start strangling the life out of that dream. The Jetsons was just the show that came on after the Flintstones.
2012-09-20 12:53:10 AM  
1 vote:
Not to mention a crippling fear of treadmills

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2012-09-20 12:46:30 AM  
1 vote:

Mugato: James Cameron talks about the future of interactive movies. ("There might be a certain amount of interactivity, so when you look around, it creates that image wherever you look," Cameron says. He concedes it is far off: "You're talking 'Jetsons' here.")

Oh shut the fark up, Cameron. Your so called innovations in moviemaking are bullshiat. Take a look at my reel though. EIP.


Cameron has done some amazing things in film making. Not the actual movies mind you - but in the technology that goes into making them and he deserves credit for that. However - he is wrong that people care about interactivity. This dream of people choosing their own paths through stories have been proven wrong and wrong again. Most people don't want to work at their entertainment - they just want to sit there, watch reality shows, and drink beer.
2012-09-19 09:42:08 PM  
1 vote:
Music of the future was better on The Jetsons.

Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
2012-09-19 07:24:46 PM  
1 vote:
By definition, the future never arrives.

This author seems to be about 12 years old and stuck there.
 
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