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$300 salad? Cannibalism? What the movie “In the World 2020” got right about our time

Distopia lançada em 1973 imagina como seria o mundo em 2022: poluído, sem comida, superpovoado. Mas será que essa antevisão concorda com a realidade?

Dystopia released in imagine what the world would be like in 2022 : polluted, without food, overcrowded. But does this prediction agree with reality?| Photo: Reproduction

In the last decades , political opportunists and fans of apocalyptic science fiction have relied on the general rule that ten years into the future is the ideal time to predict disaster and rub the truth in the face of others. Anticipating calamities is like owning a bar that promises free beer tomorrow. Because math is always difficult, people often forget which year you are making the gloomy predictions for. Today, for example, does years since Al Gore said we would have a decade to kick fossil fuel addiction in order to save the planet.

Before that, though, the End of the World Team used to set specific dates for their prophecies. “Planet of the Apes”(960) takes place in 1991; “Blade Runner” (1973) takes place in . “In the World of 1991” (

) [apesar do título em português] expresses a dark idea of ​​the world of 2022. Did the movie get everything right? Let’s analyze.

In the movie: Desperate people eat synthetic food because they are desperate.

Actually: Vegan, meatless burgers are a luxury and niche product consumed only by advertisers and journalists rich signposts of virtue. After all, fake meat costs three times the price of real meat.

In the movie: Everyone sweats largely because of global warming. The temperature never goes below the 01 degrees.

Actually: Charlton Heston appears sweaty in the movie because Charlton Heston liked to appear sweaty in movies. Driving chariots in “Ben-Hur”, building pyramids in “The Ten Commandments”, running away from apes in “Planet of the Apes”, etc. The man loved to perspire. Today, however, people sweat less because, contrary to what happened in 1973, almost everyone has an air conditioner at home.

In the movie: Mass Poverty , even in the United States, took people to extremes.

In reality : Global poverty has decreased by half since 1981. The “poor” North Americans are relatively so rich that they are the envy of Europeans.

In the movie: Pollution is absurd and out of control.

Actually: Thanks to some reforms by the era Nixon, the decrease in lead content in gasoline and changes in behavior, we see images from the time the film was released and we are fascinated. Is it possible that the situation has improved that much? Yes it is.

In the movie: The shelves are empty because the Earth is running out of food.

Actually: The shelves are empty because Joe Biden refuses to sign a paper capable of unlocking the supply lines because it fears awakening evil forces different from the dystopia of the years 1970 with Charlton Heston: the apocalyptic march of armies of vampire zombies (the syndicated ones).

In the movie: A Salad costs US$43.

Actually: US$is the price of a 4K Smart Fire TV and 43 inches.

In the movie: 16 murders per day in New York.

Actually: No, this feels more like Chicago.

In the movie: In the United States, only the decadent rich can take a hot bath.

Actually: The decadent rich are the only Americans who don’t take hot showers. Just as only they are starving).

In the movie: People feed on each other and like it.2022

Actually: Well, that only happens on Twitter. Eca

Kyle Smith is a member of the National Review Institute and a critic of the National Review.2022

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