Saturday, July 30, 2011

 

Americathon, Here We Come

Americathon is a moderately funny movie from 1979 that portrays an America in which the federal government holds a telethon to save itself from bankruptcy.

Some of the predictions of the movie (via Wikipedia):
  • The People's Republic of China embracing capitalism and becoming a global economic superpower.
  • Nike becoming a huge multinational conglomerate (In 1979, their "Tailwind" running shoe was just starting to gain popularity).
  • The collapse of the USSR. (How many of you under 30 know what the USSR was?)
  • Jogging suits becoming fashionable as "casual wear".
  • Reality television reaching absurd limits.
  • An America with a devalued dollar and heavily in debt to foreign lenders.
  • Network television dealing with previously taboo subjects accepted as normal.
  • Smoking being banned.
  • A great increase in homelessness (Homes are cheap now, but high unemployment has depleted the buyer pool.)
Yep. America has become a B grade comedy. Instapundit often says that Jimmy Carter is a best case scenario for the Obama administration. We've fallen below that and are at the John Ritter level currently.

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