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Fantasy and reality of videophones

by Critical Commons Manager

Three generations of videophone technology are brilliantly parodied in this montage of scenes from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, highlighting the ways in which cultural fantasies of technology often far exceed the real capabilities of existing technologies. Juxtaposing the 1960s fantasy of a high-resolution, real-time video car phone with the jerky, synch-challenged reality of internet video of the late 1990s reveals this disparity with particular clarity, while the final sequence depicts a late 1990s fantasy of video-enabled mobile devices that is still not realized more than a decade later.

Videophone technologies in Austin Powers

Three generations of videophone technology are seen in this montage from Austin Powers

from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Creator: Jay Roach
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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