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New Meaning of Mind and Memory: Comparison of Science-Fiction Films and Today

Ozgur Caliskan
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
Abstract—As a film genre, Science-Fiction (SF) is unique with its predictions about the future. Especially, the relation of technology and human in the future is one of the main themes of SF films. SF films bring us the ideas to discuss how human body and identity will or might be affected by technology and machines. As a group of films describe the human and technology relation positively, another group of films draws a dystopian future of the relation. These both groups of films use human body and identity as surfaces to emphasize their predictions and considering these surfaces, mind and memory are the ones which come forward as the parts of human identity affected by technology. Therefore, this paper aims to understand how the prediction of SF films about mind and memory alteration by technology has been actualized. For this reason, chosen SF films by purposive sampling (Brazil, Colossus: the Forbin Project, Johnny Mnemonic, Minority Report, Sleep Dealer) are analyzed using qualitative film analysis and the results of the analysis are used for comparative analysis which includes films’ and today’s worlds on mind/memory and technology relation. As a result, the paper suggests that today’s human memory and mind alters to what SF films estimate, emphasizing the alteration is not complete yet, however, it breathes down the future’s neck.

Index Terms—science-fiction, mind, memory, cinema, qualitative, comparative

Cite: Ozgur Caliskan, "New Meaning of Mind and Memory: Comparison of Science-Fiction Films and Today," Journal of Media & Mass Communication, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 20-24, June, 2015. doi: 10.12720/jmmc.1.1.20-24
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