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Entertainment is big business. We spend billions of dollars each year on entertainment. The Lego Movie made 69 million dollars in one weekend alone. I contributed to that 69 million dollars and the next weekend my son and I went again. Entertainment is one of the biggest industries in our culture. Companies are constantly vying for our attention, time, and money. While we are going through our daily routines, experts are studying and trying to figure out how best to grab our attention and keep us watching or listening. We are outmanned and outgunned.
We come home worn out from work and sit down to enjoy a few moments of relaxation in front of the television, not realizing that we are being manipulated. Some of this manipulation is harmless such as an advertiser trying to manipulate you into buying their brand of dish soap. There is nothing inherently wrong with making a dish soap seem appealing, but there is something wrong with manipulating a person to stay in front of a TV when they need to get up and spend some time with their children. We live in an entertainment culture and it is important that we think through how we should use entertainment and how it ultimately affects us as human beings. Here are a few thoughts I have concerning entertainment. I would like to hear yours also.
As a fan of the original Robocop (1987), which I haven’t seen in years, I was admittedly wary of a reboot/remake.
However, in recent years a handful of remakes have overshadowed and all but blotted out their predecessors (in my mind, anyway) — most notably Dredd and Total Recall (especially the extended cut). With smart stories, plausible and edgy tech, a glorious absence of cheesy one-liners, whole characters that are more than their back-stories, and SFX only as needed, even if it is ubiquitous. So, when news of a Robocop reboot/remake arrived, I suspended judgment long enough to remove all doubt.
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