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Is Mad Max affecting the Health Care debate? Road Warriors, Blade Runners, futursangst and America’s Mindspace

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications, Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , on September 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt


When people bring up these so-called “death panels,” I can’t help but chuckle.  I think opposing heath care reform for fscal reasons is perfectly valid, but this ubiquitous idea of death panels seems to rely heavily on individuals’ imaginations; specifically, an imagination weaned on the filmic treatments of future dystopia.  I am putting forth here that America is so media and movie saturated that we can no longer imagine the future without using the sci-fi movies of the 70’s and 80’s as reference. Continue reading


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