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    Default Artistic Presicience (potnetially belong in politics)

    It's interesting to me whenever a work of art (namely film and tv, in this case) seems to have a finger on the pulse of what's going on so well that it seems to predict the future. For the current moment, I'm thinking Westworld Season 3 and Joker. Obviously the causes of the riots depicted are quite different, but it seems to me that they the people who made those things understood that there was some kind of rage simmering beneath the surface that could erupt at any moment. I suspect the fact that these are all "genre" fiction rather than something directly representing "reality" perhaps made that easier to express.

    The other example I'm thinking of is older, but it is also a genre picture. I'm referring to the late 90's sci-fi flick Starship Troopers. I find it uncanny the way it anticipates what the culture of the next decade would actually be like. It's meant to be a satire of a book from the 50s, yet the stupidity also manages to perfectly echo the ridiculousness to come. The imaginary future society of Starship Troopers isn't really all that different from the actual future society of the aughts.

    Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever (Unsurprisingly, critics in the late 90s didn't understand what the movie was doing. )

    Do you think the people who create works like this are able to see the psychological makeup of society around them so well that they can anticipate the very near future? Do they know what they are doing? Or do they just pull things out of their own brains because they are part of society, and does this prescience operate on an unconscious level?

    Does anyone know of any other good examples of movies "predicting the future"?
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    Handmaid's Tale. Christian fascism.

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