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July 01, 2005

Clone Wars

Only Neal Stephenson can make the Star Wars prequels sound interesting as inadvertent social commentary. And it sounds as though I need to read those six Clone Wars novels (via C. Buddha).

Anakin wins that race by repairing his crippled racer in an ecstasy of switch-flipping that looks about as intuitive as starting up a nuclear submarine. Clearly the boy is destined to be adopted into the Jedi order, where he will develop his geek talents - not by studying calculus but by meditating a lot and learning to trust his feelings. I lap this stuff up along with millions, maybe billions, of others. Why? Because every single one of us is as dependent on science and technology - and, by extension, on the geeks who make it work - as a patient in intensive care. Yet we much prefer to think otherwise.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 1, 2005 08:41 AM

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