[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: MEDIA: Journalist interview request about technological progress and "The Hunger Games"

Marie Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Thu Mar 22 12:05:11 PDT 2012

Thanks for the heads up. I sent him an email. I'll let you all know if anything interesting comes of it.


Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History of Technology
Lewis Department of the Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
mhicks1 at iit.edu

On Mar 22, 2012, at 8:28, Janet Abbate <abbate at vt.edu> wrote:

> Would anyone care to talk to a journalist about this? I'm swamped right now (and also have not seen/read the Hunger Games). Best to contact him directly if you're interested.
> best,
> Janet
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Jeremy Hsu <jhsu at livescience.com>
>> Date: March 21, 2012 3:57:29 PM EDT
>> To: "abbate at vt.edu" <abbate at vt.edu>
>> Subject: MEDIA: Journalist interview request about technological progress and "The Hunger Games"
>> Dear Janet,
>> I'm writing an article about the sci-fi series "The Hunger Games" and its depiction of technological progress in a future dystopian North America, and I was hoping you might be willing to be interviewed on the subject of "uneven" technological progress. Your colleague, Barbara, recommended that I contact you about this.
>> For some background, "The Hunger Games" series depicts a society with futuristic technologies such as advanced bioengineered creatures, hovercraft and force fields, along with modern technologies such as nuclear weapons, automatic rifles and high-speed trains. But the same society is also still dependent upon familiar energy sources such as coal, and is missing some critical telecommunications innovations (notably the Internet). The story's dystopian society is ruled by a "Capitol" city that enjoys the latest technologies and luxuries, even as the surrounding "Districts" contain people living in fairly impoverished conditions (such as the coal miners of District 12).
>> Some "Hunger Games" fans have openly wondered about the apparently "uneven" technological development, even given the story's background of disruptive climate change and a past rebellion that was put down by force. At one point, a character laments the loss of certain past technologies - such as high-flying planes, military satellites, cell disintegrators, drones, and biological weapons with expiration dates - which seems a bit odd given that their society does have certain advanced technologies.
>> If that sounds interesting at all to you, just let me know when might be a good time to talk before the end of the week --  thanks in advance!
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