Critically examining popular films to explore computer-and-society issues is an exciting act of applied cinema that can yield many fruitful insights. The vintage Hepburn-and-Tracy film Desk Set (1957, dir. Walter Lang) was used as a case study. This is a classic, non-SF exemplar of the fears of organizational change and computerization amongst American female office workers that is still relevant today. A detailed synopsis and forty focus questions were compiled for directed classroom discussion. The process of cinematic meditation is a useful pedagogic aide for more effectively exploring complex computerization issues that is also engaging, informative and entertaining.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|