Monday, August 8, 2011
J ~ aka One ~ buying this one early so I can read it before it goes in your Christmas stocking ... lol.
Geek Wisdom ~ a book by Stephen H. Segal
Today, thanks to Phil Hartman's hilarious parody on "Saturday Night Live," most of us know the revelatory climax of Soylent Green as pure camp: The world's most popular new brand of food is processed from the corpses of the recent dead--a necessary evil that allows humanity to continue endlessly increasing our consumption without a care for the consequences. In 1973, that was science fiction--but how far out is it, really? No, that potato chip you're eating isn't your grandmother. But consider the clothes you wear and the screen you're staring at; they were quite possibly manufactured by children in sweatshops or migrants working in conditions we ourselves would never tolerate. Our lifestyle of comfort has been built on a foundation of systemic dehumanization; in other words, it's made out of people.