Everyone has their own definition and interpretation when discussing what the word “America” means to them. As far as an actual definition and concept of America, it does not exist. Let me explain. Almost all of our experiences and ideas and thoughts have not been our own for a long time, they have been shaped and altered through media and movies (mostly science-fiction). When I was a child, every time I would visit the United States I would collect an action figure from the latest movie to add to my collection. Looking at my collection now, I came to realization that my idea and association with the states have been with a world that does not exist. Although living in a world of fiction is quite exciting at times, when you step out of the light and into reality, it feels quite empty.
A lot of the knowledge we absorb from science fiction movies have been chewed through, filtered, processed and repackaged before it is fed to us. The American culture has been this way for quite a long time, ever since the invention of motion pictures. We have always communicated through language, but due to foreign influences in the United States, that has slowly changed throughout the years. The multicultural influences brought to America meant finding a new way to communicate. Science fiction quickly became that connection and outlet where people of different cultures could bond socially without the use of language. You could pull out a light-saber and people would understand you were referring to Star Wars. What we did not realize was by communicating through science fiction, it created a misrepresentation; it quickly replaced our culture with fiction. This meant that American culture has lost its identity and its charm.
America is the land of obsessions, one of which is obviously science fiction movies. A good majority of people today live in a fantasy world, no matter if it is dressing up to become your favorite superhero or simply reading comic books online, it is all the same. But that is not the problem; the problem is that people are blurring the line between make-belief and reality. Our sensory skills have become so dull that we can no longer feel raw emotion. All the violence and horror portrayed in science fiction movies have desensitized us as a nation. We no longer fear death or guns or the “bad guys”. Movies have led us to believe in a “good guy”, and that at the end of the day justice will always be served. Technology and military have also been highly glamorized in the movies. It always has to do with the United States fighting off the latest threats with new technology. This idea of a “good guy” delivering a happy ending has been repeated so much in movies that we now believe it as a false truth, seeing as that’s not always true. In my opinion this is nothing short of propaganda. This naive view of reality has dramatically changed American culture. The stereotypes in movies are teaching us how to act and react to reality; it is slowly shaping us as a community. What science fiction does is to put a bandage on reality. Notice in most movies the main character never dies, even if they did die; they would miraculously resurrect and save the day. The “Frankenstein” I have created is a representation of the current generation of America. It symbolizes how science fiction is slowly taking over our lives, and how little American culture is left behind.
We have become a robotic nation, a mere reflection of what we see in the movies. Very few of us see the beauty of nature anymore unless it is through a television screen. To me, America has become this playground for free thinkers to thrive in. Similar to how the consumerist society is slowly eating America inside out, and burying Americans in excess goods. Science fiction is infecting the minds of this generation and burying them in false hope and the unlimited fascination of an alternate world. I think that everyone should unplug themselves from all the distractions technology for a couple hours a day to connect with only what is true. If we continue to live in a world of fantasies, soon we will lose the little bit of American culture that is left in the United States, therefore hindering our progress to advance as a society. Take a step back and enjoy the world as it is, and forget about what is not there.