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Videophones and technological remediation

by Critical Commons Manager

In this narratively superfluous scene, which includes unlikely product placement from Bell Telephone and Howard Johnson's, the banality of video telephony unfolds in real time. The remediation of communication technology in the cinematic imaginary preserves the idea of phone booths, keypads and per-call charges decades before AT&T promised that "You Will" one day tuck your baby in from a phone booth.

Videophone booth in 2001

In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, portrait monitors signify the future of both television and videophones

from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Creator: Stanley Kubrick
Posted by Critical Commons Manager