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The danger of TV sets that are connected to Atari game consoles

by Critical Commons Manager

In both Videodrome and Poltergeist, the domestic TV set becomes a conduit for sinister forces to enter the home. How much significance should be attributed to the fact that both of these TV sets are hooked up to an Atari 2600 game controller? Both films were also released prior to the video game crash of 1983, when home gaming systems were first being recognized as potential economic threats to the hegemony of the film and television industries. I would argue that the presence of the game controllers in these two scenes signifies overindulgence in commercial media at the expense of traditional domestic values.

An evil spirit enters the home through a family TV set that is connected to an Atari game console

The threat posed by games and television to American homes and families is metaphorically represented by a spirit who enters through the TV

from Poltergeist (1982)
Creator: Tobe Hooper
Distributor: MGM Home Video
Posted by Critical Commons Manager