It was a simpler time

Yesterday I found an interesting item on the porch; a phone book… And thumbing through the thing sent me straight back to the 80’s – back when it was fun to look up your friends or find companies with weird names in the new phonebook.

Apparently CenturyLink still makes an actual physical phonebook, at least until the tree huggers freak out about it being made out of paper at least… I’m guessing that because I use CenturyLink for my fiber connection here at the house that means I get a phone book.

Of course it’s only a small business subset of the white pages and the yellow pages for the immediate area – no white pages for residential. Wouldn’t want someone being able to look up someone else’s phone number or something, a terminator might use that to find them.

Speaking of the 80’s, I had a bit of a chuckle the night before last while I was perusing old movies for something to watch. I dug up “The Running Man” from 1987 and, once again, the 80’s called and wants its dystopia back…

In the year 2019, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation’s yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives.

The Running man, 1987

While the movie is pretty tongue in cheek, watching it here in 2022 is decidedly different than when I saw it in the theater in 1987…

Back then it was just another dystopian action flick, and now? Well now is now.