Did Mike Judge foresee our future in Idiocracy? According to his cowriter, maybe...
Vulture captured a series of Tweets from Etan Cohen, who cowrote Idiocracy with Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill), commenting on the foresight of his film into today’s society.
Idiocracy is about an Army private named Joe (Luke Wilson) who agrees to be frozen in hibernation in a secret experiment. Unfortunately, the hibernation program is shut down and the government erases it from its files, so Joe stays asleep for five centuries. When he wakes up, humanity has devolved to the point where he is now the smartest person in the country. Reading is disregarded in favor of pictures, vocabulary is shortened, and attention spans are reduced as people are stimulated by flashing lights and blips. Joe must wade through a military-industrial complex of morons in order to create some semblance of order.
As a former English teacher who had to run the annual spring gauntlet of high-stakes state assessments, I spent each ensuing year of my classroom life unwittingly reenacting scenes from both Office Space and Idiocracy, two films written and directed by Judge. Now, thanks to the meta-craziness on social media, 24-hour news cycles, and talk shows in this political and entertainment-awards season, I get to see my nightmare played out on television and my laptop, like Chris Kelly’s Too Many Cooks parody set on a loop.
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