In this chapter,I would like to initiate an in-depth discussion on the relationship between theemergence of films the significance they have on contemporary society and ourway of thinking. The connection betweensimulations, hyperrealism, spectacles and the culture industry will becontemplated throughout this chapter.
And the underlying question raisedthroughout the literature review which is how are movies considered to be amedium of mass communication? – when movies portray realities but alsofictionalise trends in society. Despite thereality we live in today, society are comfortable with creating fictionalrealities within their minds to escape from the actual truth. One of the mostcommon examples of mind control in our society is the usage of televised mediathat effectively has mass communicated propaganda extensively throughout theyears. This form of mind control is rather successful as we like beingentertained therefore the media combine the information they choose to sharethrough modes of digital media. The art of filmmaking based in science fictionmovies have conceptualised a future more progressive. Science fiction is fullof dystopian scenarios, the future is anything but unknown, In the end ourminds are already dispensed to accept living in a society where everythingbroadcasted by the mass media is the norm and is absolute. There aremovies right now that support the nature of worldwide conspiracies and makepeople aware of the issue that take place.
Hollywood will continue to startleus with films that we can ideally relate to such as cultures, civilisations,crimes and the political, and try to educate by implicitly using metaphoricaland visual imagery to deliver a message, of ways in which we can preserve andprotect the world. In my opinion, the Sci -fi genre tends to encourageenvironmental appreciation, by treating these technologies as a certaintyrather than a possibility. Sci- fi giveshumanity a false sense of security as we are assured that when catastrophicevents occur we will invent, engineer or either think our way out of the issue.Ironically popular Sci- fi films often shed hope and positivity in ways we canappreciate our planet, albeit potentially demonstrating apocalyptic themes anddarkness if were to cause destruction, to coerce a better future for ourselves. I attemptedto observe how visionaries, intellectuals and theorists have foreshadowed sci-fifilms for example Adorno and Horkheimers critical theory on the Cultureindustry where real life has been “absorbed by the movies” Adorno, T. &Horkheimer, M. (1944).and other products of the entertainment industry.
GuyDebord blurring of appearance and reality through an accumulation of spectacleswhich is best described in movies I have analysed: The Matrix and The TrumanShow essentially Debords ideas describe the way we live now. The images westare at, that serves to reproduce the modes of society. The cinematicexperience involved in simulations that challenge the real with the hyppereal.Among the symbolisms and significations based in postmodern society, examinedby Jean Baudillard and Umberto Eco.