The Cinematic Metaverse: Hollywood Science Fiction and Silicon Valley’s Vision of the Future

Mark Zuckerberg demonstrating the capabilities of the metaverse. Abstract This essay analyzes science fiction novels to reconstruct a partial literary genealogy of the Californian Ideology first described in 1995 by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, as a strange mixture of the counterculture hippie movement and the ideal of the free market. It addresses the ways… Continue reading The Cinematic Metaverse: Hollywood Science Fiction and Silicon Valley’s Vision of the Future

In the mood for love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)

Hong Kong 1962: Ambitious newspaper editor Chow (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and shy secretary Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) are among the many immigrants who have fled to the British crown colony after the conquest of Shanghai by the Chinese Communists. Although both are married and receive a regular salary, they can afford only a subleased room… Continue reading In the mood for love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)