Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gattaca - Chris Stroud

Gattaca helps magnify and give the perspective of how everyday discrimination can possibly perpetuate into orchestrated and socially acceptable discrimination in the future. Currently most discrimination is frowned upon and whatever discrimination there is it is generally not the norm and is brushed under the rug to be either hidden or ignored but we are presented with a frightening insight on how far the human race may possibly go in the pursuit of perfection and excellence. If the ideas in the movie are carried on for longer I suspect that ‘god babies’ will no longer exist and certain social or government pressures or even laws will prohibit natural procreation because if discrimination naturally progresses to be more acceptable then that seems like the next logical step in its evolution. The mind set of ‘god babies,’ the perpetuated individuals in them movie, had the thought process of Vincent ; “For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home.” Society not only thought of them as nuscense but so did they. Since my theory is that discrimination is on upward path with out and signs of leveling off or even decreasing then what type of world would we live in where genetic discrimination is not enough?

Hegemony is defined as the “preponderant influence or authority over others.” What better way to describe the overall theme of this movie? Power is given to those who a predisposed to it before thay are even born; “We want to give your child the best possible start. Believe me, we have enough imperfection built in already. Your child doesn't need any more additional burdens. Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.” Those who are not given power either stay where they are or there are some, Vincent, for instance who strive to be part of the higher and more privileged class. This correlates with how out society operates today. Either we accept or stature in life or work twice as hard as everyone else in order to ‘change our stars’ so to speak.

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