Black Panther, 2001, and the Corrupting Influence of Technology

Black Panther, 2001, and the Corrupting Influence of Technology

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. It’s a film that stands the test of time surprisingly well, in part because its themes resonate as much in 2018 as they did in 1968. In fact, despite their wildly different subject matter, it actually shares a lot in common with Black Panther. Both movies explore the ways man is tempted and ultimately corrupted by the allure of technology and science. 2001 opens with an iconic sequence where a group of prehistoric man-apes eke out a meager living in a harsh landscape. That simple, brutish existence is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a black monolith in their midst. The apes can’t comprehend what they’re seeing. They have no concept of science or mathematics, and this perfectly geometric object is unlike anything they’ve ever encountered. Being exposed to the monolith seems to unlock something within the mind of the ape leader (called Moon-Watcher in the novel). This gift from a mysterious group of beings from the stars inspires Moon-Watcher to use tools for the first time. It’s the pivotal first step in mankind’s technological march. Continue reading…
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