Software is everywhere, eating industries, changing lives and connecting people. But some of the subtler ways in which software is eating the world are not entirely obvious at first glance. Who knew that Twitter was so important to revolutionaries until the Arab Spring, for example?
Sure, we all know that software makes our bank accounts work, our grocery store trips faster and our cars easier to drive. What you may not have realized yet, however, is the full extent to which our software influences our culture.
It’s hard to realize just how much our technology is changing our day-to-day lives, especially when our heads are down staring at code all day. Here then are at least two ways software is changing our culture for the better:
Hollywood is history
Hollywood has been the beating heart of American culture for almost a century now. In all that time, Hollywood moguls have gotten to be a bit big for their britches. Take a gander at our modern television and movie experiences and you can see the death grip Hollywood still has on our culture.
But this is changing, and it’s changing very fast. Case in point: Pee-wee Herman. Remember Pee-wee? He first appeared in Cheech and Chong movies, both as himself and as a drug-addled coke dealer and mental patient. “You’re the guy from the hamburger train, right?”
Naturally, you don’t remember Pee-wee from Cheech and Chong, you remember him from his Tim Burton movie: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” and from his TV show. You also likely remember him for being spotted leaving a porn theater, and thus having his career effectively ended by the tabloids, until recently.
Pee-wee was always funny. I challenge you to watch his Big Adventure and not laugh. Netflix just released “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” a spot on, slightly creepy, Pee-wee film in which Reubens even asks someone, “Are you the guy from the hamburger train?”