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Can we watch Tron Legacy INSTEAD of Source Code??

Apocalipsis's picture


spreston's picture

Yes to Tron!

I agree with Apo.  I think Tron is a really appropriate movie to this course and it's a cheaper, more convenient alternative for us.

Franklin20's picture

Can we discuss Tron?

 I second Apo's request to see Tron instead of Source Code.  

I do think that Source Code is applicable to this course.  From what I have seen of the trailer, its about gathering information to stop a terrorist by going inserting the protagonist into the last 8 minutes of somebodies life.  It seems to me (and I could totally be wrong on this) that this ties into our discussion of what is information and noise, what do we notice and why, etc.  

And while I don't like Tron (from what I have seen from the first movie and from the trailer of the second movie), I do like the fact that it will be on DVD soon and therefore a lot more accessible than seeing Source Code.  I am not sure about everybody else's schedule, but personally, it is going to be difficult for me to see Source Code considering the fact that I work two jobs, have night classes during the week, and I have dance rehearsals during the weekend.

kgould's picture

I agree with Apo. If a

I agree with Apo.

If a student really wants to do a project on the Source Code, they'll have to take close notes in the theater or use clips that they can find online. Or download it illegally. Which you shouldn't do. Totally.

But if we do Tron Legacy, students will have more access to the film and will be able to close readings if they so choose.

It also means that students don't have to pay for a roundtrip train ticket and a movie ticket, which can get kind of expensive...

Apocalipsis's picture

Tron is more appropriate

Source Code:
is an action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Tron Legacy:

is about the son of a virtual world designer who goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.

Tron is more of a rich medium that can be analyzed through the perspectives of Haraway, Clark, Diana Dull & Candace West (The accomplishment of Gender in Cosmetic Surgery), Turkle (virtual gender identity), Rowe and Grobstein on Information, Hayles on how we think, and Barad. Tron merges the concept of a virtual/ digital world with the human physical and Haraway would have a lot to say about this possibility of blurring the lines. It's as Clark would argue that human bodies were made to adapt to technology as the characters in Tron represent the linking between both worlds and bodies.

Although I think Source Code is an excellent choice, I don't think it ties our course themes as tightly as Tron. Tron is also coming out this week, so it might be more accessible for students if the department wanted to buy it and put it on reserve, or ask the student activities office to play it one more time since they have a license to play it in public.

Amophrast's picture

Any specific reason??

Any specific reason??

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