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Extraterrestrial Anthropomorphism: Hollywood’s Sci-fi Revolution

14 Sep 2014, 23:04 UTC
Extraterrestrial Anthropomorphism: Hollywood’s Sci-fi Revolution
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Hollywood’s science fiction franchise has richly entertained us over many decades. From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar, science fiction films have kept us on the edge of our seats. Who doesn’t enjoy X-wings shooting down Tie fighters in an effort to keep the Death Star from destroying the Rebel base, or the sentient HAL 9000 on Discovery One? I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t have at least one favorite Hollywood science fiction film. Perhaps because of their tremendous popularity, Hollywood’s sci-fi films have exerted a powerful influence on our psyches – piquing our curiosity and igniting our imagination regarding life beyond Earth. One of Hollywood’s greatest impacts is the anthropomorphism of modern day extraterrestrials. Nowadays, the world “alien” is synonymous with two-legged walking humanoids with bug eyes, green skin and round, almost child-like heads. Is this what extraterrestrial life on another planet would be like, or is this merely an extrapolation of our imagination, aided by the overarching influence that the media has induced?

Who doesn’t love E.T., one of the 20th century’s most famous extraterrestrials? ...

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