Results for - Past Imaginings of the Future

2,349 voters participated in this survey

The future isn't what it used to be!, at least when it comes to some people's visions of it.

1. The 1927 science fiction movie, Metropolis, presents a future wherein monorail trains take passengers to splendorous skyscrapers. Humanity may not be fully to that point technologically, but the film's struggle between the working class and technocratic ruling class of city planners probably has contemporary lessons for viewers on both the political left and right. Even if you've not seen Metropolis, do you believe the above description of its plot may make it (secularly) prophetic of current political divisions?

Yes!
13%
297 votes
Maybe?
38%
868 votes
No!
21%
487 votes
I'd rather not think about it.
28%
648 votes

2. "The Chase," Giorgio Moroder's instrumental theme for the 1978 drug-smuggling & prison drama movie Midnight Express, is said to be the first hit single (though much shorter than the version included here) on U.S. charts to be entirely computer-programmed. Moroder seems to have been pretty prescient when it comes to post-disco dance club music, if not pop music overall. Do you enjoy synthesized music that requires no human involvement after whatever homo sapiens responsible for it have set it to play?

Dependng on the style/s, yes, generally
16%
365 votes
Some, but not usually
32%
729 votes
Never or almost so
52%
1,206 votes

3. One might not initially think a Christian new wave band would explore the idea of zeerust, or antiquated ideas of the future, a term coined by science fiction author Douglas Adams. But Daniel Amos did just that in "It's the Eighties, So Where's Our Rocket Packs?" from the group's 1984 album, Vox Humana (itself the third part of their four-album odyssey, The Alarma! Chronicles). Which of the things described in the song's lyrics have you experienced or would like to?

Walking on the moon
9%
204 votes
Riding a tireless car
5%
118 votes
Robotic vaccum cleaners
14%
321 votes
Dating a robot
3%
68 votes
Living in outer space
5%
123 votes
Swallowing a pill in lieu of eatring a meal
5%
125 votes
Rergularly wearing a gas mask
1%
34 votes
Having a female president/prime minister
15%
349 votes
Communicating via picture telephone
13%
290 votes
Living in a dome
3%
74 votes
Controlling the weather
9%
216 votes
Jetting around with rocket packs (of course)
8%
184 votes
All
2%
56 votes
None
55%
1,275 votes

4. I've no idea whether the show playing on any cable stations or streaming services as of this writing, but the first encounter with zeerust children of my generation may have been The Jetsons. A friend of mine has hypothesized that he Jetsons was animation producers/directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's upper middle class futuristic complement to their depiction of lower middle-class prehistoric people in The Flintstones. That seems reasonable to me, but do you think Hanna and Barbera had class in mind in their distinctions between the The Flinstones and Jetsons?

Yes
13%
296 votes
Uncertain
26%
596 votes
Whether they did or not, the shows come off that way.
12%
278 votes
No
34%
785 votes
I've not watched both or either show (or any of the other properties where the characters have appeared), so I'm not in an educated position to comment.
15%
345 votes
03/09/2021 Living 2349 41 By: jlrake

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