TELEPRESENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE

A study of portrayals of presence

The Island

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ABOUT THE WORK

MEDIUM:

Film 

YEAR:

2005 

WRITER(S):

Caspian Tredwell-Owen and Alex Kurtzman 

OWN COPY?

No 
 

ABOUT THE STORY

SUMMARY:

from amazon.com. Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers. 

ERA/YEAR:

Near future 

CHARACTERISTICS
OF WORLD:

People can be cloned. trains are super fast. it is the year 2019. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE-EVOKING TECHNOLOGY
NAME:
hologram 
DESCRIPTION:
the clones live in a facilty that is supposedly a self contained place, free from the contamanation in the outside world. However, the outside they see is really a hologram, and not real at all. The hologram makes the people in the facility think they are high up, above an ocean. In reality, they are underground. It is extremely vivid and believable. 
NATURE OF TASK OR ACTIVITY:
Everything within the facility. 
PERFORMANCE OF THE TECHNOLOGY:
It works well. 
 
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE TECHNOLOGY
DESCRIPTION:
A middle aged scientist, a white man. Greedy for profit.  
MAJOR GOAL(S):
To keep the clones secluded and away from the rest of humanity. 
 
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE PRESENCE
DESCRIPTION:
Clones of wealthy people, all ages, male and female. With the education level of eight grade, kept in confinement. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE EXPERIENCE
TYPE(S) OF PRESENCE:
Spatial presence 
DESCRIPTION:
The hologram tricks the clones into thinking that they are some of the few survivors after a horrific accident, secluded from the rest of the world. They think they are geographicaly trapped in the facility, when in reality they are not. Eventually, the deception is revealed by the shutting down the power source for the projection. 
USER AWARENESS:
unaware, until the end of the movie. 
VALENCE:
pleasent, in that they are unaware. 
SPECIFIC RESPONSES:
Just a sense of physical detachment from the rest of the world and thinking that nothing else exists. 
 
ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENCE
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES:
The realization of the false hologram (and other things) sets the clones free. happy ending. 
 
AND FINALLY...
OTHER INFORMATION:
 
CODER NAME:
Amanda Scheiner 
CODER E-MAIL:
amandags@temple.edu 
CODER AFFILIATION:
Temple University 
DATE CODED:
8/27/2006 

 


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