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“Idiocracy” Supplemental Film Viewing

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the future.

We have awesome money, a bad ass president, and the best fast food out of a vending machine that you could ever ask for. Check out our ballin’ TV. And before you ask, yes. It does come with a toilet.

Before I really go head first into this analysis, I would just like to say one thing:  this was a kick-ass movie, brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

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Butterfly

In Bradbury’s “The Sound of Thunder,” it was the death of a tiny butterfly that completely transformed his world. With today’s carbon emissions and fossil fuels, I couldn’t help but consider the parallel of how modern day wastefulness will impact ours.

Our culture and generation does more than just crush little butterflies underfoot: we suffocate and harvest them for goods. Everyday, through pollution or mindless consumption, we adamantly support the destruction of our world. And, somehow, we’re okay with that.

We really should know better by now: we’re the ones who grew up with Captain Planet.

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Epifanio Juarez

The Boxer.

This week, I was out of town for my Tata’s funeral. Because we’ve been talking a lot about how Vonnegut views death and life in Slaughterhouse Five, it has been affecting me in ways I hadn’t expected. I realize that this may seem a stretch to talk about it in a Time Travel blog-post, but my granddad is all I’ve been thinking about lately. Therefore, I’d like to share with you some information about who he was and what he meant to me; with the understanding that the Tralfamadorian view on death isn’t so far fetched after all.

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Made in China

I’ll be honest: before I heard this story on “This American Life,” I had never seriously considered how all of my crap was made. Sure, I knew it came from “China,” but like Mr. Daisey, I pictured machines making machines. And that was about it.

Little did I know that the technology we have and hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish – are quickly creating a (creepily similar) underground Morlock society.

After hearing this story, I honestly believe that if these factories could be placed underground- they would be.

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