TELEPRESENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE

A study of portrayals of presence

The Twilight Zone: A Most Unusual Camera

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ABOUT THE WORK

MEDIUM:

TV episode 

YEAR:

1960 

WRITER(S):

Rod Serling (creator) Rod Serling (writer) 

OWN COPY?

No 
 

ABOUT THE STORY

SUMMARY:

When three dum-dum crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy. from imdb.com  

ERA/YEAR:

Present day when produced 

CHARACTERISTICS
OF WORLD:

Present day 1960. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE-EVOKING TECHNOLOGY
NAME:
Camera 
DESCRIPTION:
The camera resembles an old fashioned camera: it is quite large, about 1 foot by 1 foot, and shaped like an accordian. It has a circular view finder on one end, and what looks like a lens on the other. People use it as they would a regular camera. The photo pops out if the top when it is ready. 
NATURE OF TASK OR ACTIVITY:
Wnen taking a photo, gambling, determining the future. 
PERFORMANCE OF THE TECHNOLOGY:
works well. 
 
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE TECHNOLOGY
DESCRIPTION:
unknown.  
MAJOR GOAL(S):
unknown. 
 
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE PRESENCE
DESCRIPTION:
Two white men and one white woman, all in their 30s or 40s. They are all crooks - one man, Woodward, has escaped from prison. The other man, named Chet, and the woman are a couple, while Woodward and Paula are siblings. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE EXPERIENCE
TYPE(S) OF PRESENCE:
Spatial presence 
DESCRIPTION:
At first, it is unnerving and confusing. Then, it is thrilling and elating. Finally, it is frightening. 
USER AWARENESS:
yes. 
VALENCE:
most of the time, pleasant. When it shows negative thing, the experience is unpleasant. 
SPECIFIC RESPONSES:
enjoyment, involvement, greed, fear, happiness. 
 
ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENCE
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES:
The long term effects are negative - everyone who uses the camera dies. But, everyone who uses the camera is greedy and uses the camera for ill gotten gains. So, they get what they deserve. 
 
AND FINALLY...
OTHER INFORMATION:
 
CODER NAME:
Amanda Scheiner 
CODER E-MAIL:
amandags@temple.edu 
CODER AFFILIATION:
Temple University 
DATE CODED:
6/28/2007 

 


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