Rollerball, A Dystopian World

A Commentary On a Dystopian Global World by Mitch Santell

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Quotes From George Orwell’s 1984.

For so many who have lived outside the USA, we look at America as a Corporate Empire. Hollywood Showed us back in 1975 what a Dystopian World could look like. Is it here now? You tell me.


Rollerball’s action takes place after the world’s nations have gone “bankrupt,” and after the destructive “Corporate Wars” have come and gone  

Now, corporations “take care of everyone,” and the violent, team sport of Rollerball has been created by big business to remind people of “the futility of individual effort.”  The goal of the corporations is to be essential to every individual’s life, and for “the few” to make important decisions on “a global basis.”

Unfortunately, there are serious downsides to corporate rule as depicted in Rollerball.  For one thing, all citizens are treated as powerless employees of the “Executive Class.”  This means that your beloved wife can be transferred to another man’s possession with the ease an on-the-job departmental transfer.  Indeed, this is the indignity that the world’s greatest Rollerball player, Jonathan E. (James Caan) has suffered…and never forgiven.   He still loves his wife, but an executive in Italy had more power and stature…and took her.  And she was paid handsomely to leave Jonathan, rewarded with a villa in Rome, and extreme wealth. 

Rollerball depicts a society in which the people have indeed accepted control by a ruling elite…in return for being “provided for,” in return for “privilege.”

But, in accordance with the President Carter quote, these same people have no sense of meaning or purpose.  

Part of the reason the people live with such an unjust arrangement is because of a deliberate black-out of educational materials and information.  Rollerball tournaments play endlessly on the television, and local libraries are impersonal computer centers that feature only “summaries” of important literary works and ideas. 

Instead, the corporations own history itself: “What do you want books for?,” Jonathan’s team-mate, Moon Pie asks innocently.  “Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin’, just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya’. Use yer Privilege Card…”

It’s clearly an Internet-less world, and in one scene in the film, Jonathan E. goes to Geneva to visit a computerized archive where all the answers about “corporate rule” are purported to exist.  Not surprisingly, the computer librarian, named Zero, proves absolutely unhelpful. in providing such data.  In fact, the machine has lost the totality of the “13th Century” in terms of knowledge.  Thus, there is no place to turn to in this world to learn about history, science, or nature.  Everything is the gameEverything is blood lust.

Because as long as you think about the game, and which team is winning or losing, you aren’t thinking about who is gaming the system and for what agenda.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MchCcF
“Ladies and gentlemen, will you stand please for the playing of our Corporate Hymn?”

If you are into movies, check out this blog:

https://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/


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