Show Notes

Movie Production Issues

Lack of studio support. Poor audience test results. VERY small number of screens. Somehow, a cult hit after release.

Why Do People Love This Movie?

Has internet cult hit status. Why? Appealing to elitism and cynicism? Fart jokes? Love it or hate it.

Christopher Has a Problem With This Movie

It feels mean, basically. Also the extrapolations it makes are unreasonable as far as I’m concerned.

Dumbing Down Society

Network covered similar ground in the 1970s.

Whose Fault is this Situation?

The yuppies for not reproducing more? The “dumb” people? The system? Corporatism, selfishness, etc?

Human Evolution

Defining terms because people use them in the wrong way too often. How humanity actually evolves. Dysgenics. Why the movie is wrong.

Bad Things

“Crab mentality.”

Self absorption. Laziness. Selfishness. Willful ignorance. Materialism.

Design for Idiots

Actually there are some interesting examples here. Simplification of UI. “Idiot-proofing.” Automation.

How Do We Avoid This Future?

Each host gives their plan to save the world. Governor Adrian implements the ~mushroom~ marshmallow test.


  • science fiction, 
  • science, 
  • brainwashing, 
  • surveillance, 
  • intelligence, 
  • satire, 
  • user interface design, 
  • dystopia, 
  • capitalism, 
  • optimism, 
  • cynicism