Prompt 2: Museum Communication meets Metropolis: At the museum, look for two examples of science or technology to relate to the film: 1 - Find an exhibit that suggests the film was accurate in communicating the future. 2 - Find an exhibit that suggests the film was inaccurate in its vision of the future.
Today we visited the Museum of Communication in Berlin. This museum featured exhibits that displayed the evolution of communication from the easiest recordings to modern day technology. Watching the progression of communication makes one wonder about the future in 100 years. This morning we watched a version or Metropolis, a movie which displays the year 2027 filmed in 1927. I know we are still 9 years away from 2027, but, the movie still relates to today in certain ways. The first is the enslavement by the machine. The movie Metropolis shows workers absolutely enslaved to their jobs. They worked 10-hour shifts and were exhausted by the end of each one. The machines played a pivotal role in their society as they literally kept them from drowning. This relates to today in a way because our modern communication and technological systems are so heavily used, it would similar to drowning if we lost them. A good example of this in the museum was the early years of phone lines. Back in the day, the operators had to make the physical connections of phones themselves. This job was extremely tedious and it held together entire organizations. If they stopped, communication would stop, and the organization would stop functioning. Therefore, Metropolis portrayed this aspect correctly.
On the other hand, Metropolis missed on an entire aspect of technology that is so prevalent in today’s society. In the movie, they displayed the future as bleak with a lack of fun. This is not true because with the rise in communication technologies came the days of digitized music. The museum had a temporary exhibit on pop music in Germany. You were able to walk through and plug in your headphones to listen to multiple different types of music. This represents how the rise of technology left room for more self-expression than what is depicted in Metropolis. Machines and technology have allowed millions of people to be exposed to and compose their own forms of self-expression. These expressions can be shared across cultures in a matter of seconds. This proves that the film Metropolis depicted an inaccurate version of the dystopian work future. We do work on machines all day however it is at least better than the depiction.