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The Future is Lost

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I was a big fan of Lost, but since moving to Europe I have not been able to watch it. ABC blocks foreign access to the free viewings available in the US. Though news of the Lost college course is being offered is old news, I found the following post interesting. Some critics still think studying pop culture is a waste, but I found from my own study of the program an emerging critique of our media and electronic system. You can read some of these thoughts on one of my previous posts here. In it I wrote:

The surprise breakout on ABC is most definitely not your average program, and the one thing that keeps me interested is my view that Lost’s island is a metaphor for the mediated reality we find ourselves in. The island’s environment, inhabited by ghosts and “the others,” is like a dream space in which objects produce their own space, similar to the acoustic-like, all encompassing ecology of media where we currently live. The plane is our civilization, crashed, destroyed, in pieces. The survivors must learn to cope with their new environment, just as we have to adjust to ours.

Podcast: A ‘Lost’ college course, tons o’ new music and more – Pop Candy – USATODAY.com:

The Future is Lost: Economic, Social, and Technological Impact of a Cult (and Cultural) Phenomenon

The course: When a plane crashed on more than 18.5 million American television screens in September 2004, a new television show had taken up the mantle of “cult hit.” Lost, seemingly a mix of Survivor and The X-Files, was an instant paradox: a mainstream media blockbuster that defied categorization and appealed to some of the most fringe elements of human nature. In three short years, the show has spawned an empire of entertainment, marketing, and community that eclipses the show itself. Its producers have pushed Lost to the bleeding edge of new media; online communities take pride in dissecting each episode, from literary references to philosophical allusion; and the show’s format has inspired dozens of copycats on networks desperate to adapt to a newly demanding audience. This course is an interdisciplinary endeavor into the heart of the phenomenon. We’ll examine the economic circumstances that led to the development of the show, the societal context that it evolves in, and the possible effects of the show on technology and the future of media.

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Eternal Sunshine of the sci-fi mind

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This is not necessarily media related, but since I love sci-fi, I just want to gush at the possibility that Sunshine may be the next “2001.” Shot by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, Sunshine has an intriguing plot. From IMDB:

The Sun is being destroyed from inside out by a type of highly stable form of matter that renders nuclear fusion impossible, by turning common matter on its own kind. The only hope is to send a team of astronauts to detonate a massive, highly energetic bomb, able able to destroy this strange matter and restore Sun’s natural state. Written by Anonymous

50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts are sent to revive the Sun – but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team are sent to finish the mission as they are Earth’s last hope.

Assuming this is an allegory of the present moment, it will be interesting to see what the film is saying about climate change. I can’t wait to see.

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Imagine that! A movie trailer for a book

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In case you haven’t noticed, here at Media Mindfulness science fiction is very popular. Here’s another movie trailer for a sci-fi book, this one for Greg Bear’s Eon. I like this trend, although I hope the images from the clip don’t spoil the ones from your imagination. I remember seeing the Hobbit animated and being horribly disappointed.

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Ads from a parallel reality

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A clever marketing trick: make a commercial from a fictional product in your book that is unusual, strange and sexy. Add YouTube and the blogosphere, mix and you have a meme. Additionally the Web tie-in is similar to what the ABC series Lost has done with its show by constructing a parallel universe on the Web that features characters, companies and false histories that coincide with the show. In the case of Lost, the program has also devised games that are like treasure hunts which use its various Web sites and video games for generating clues. It’s a vastly more interesting form of entertainment than we are normally accostomed to because it goes beyond the normal boundary of the program, thereby expanding the initial ecology of the media piece. In the case of of Michael Crichton’s book, NEXT, this is a very interesting development for books, his position on global warming not withstanding.

Visit the book’s fictional company at NEXTgencode.

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