The Terrifyingly Prescient ‘Serial Experiments Lain,’ 20 Years Later

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The Terrifyingly Prescient ‘Serial Experiments Lain,’ 20 Years Later

Post by TorchWood » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:35 pm

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The Terrifyingly Prescient ‘Serial Experiments Lain,’ 20 Years Later
How the anime classic predicted the obsessive and compulsive habits of our online life
At the onset, Lain Iwakura’s father warns her about the social perils of the internet, alternatively known as “the Wired” in the parlance of Serial Experiments Lain. “When it’s all said and done,” he says, “the Wired is just a medium of communication and the transfer of information. You mustn’t confuse it with the real world. Do you understand what I’m warning you about?”

Lain is young, and doesn’t yet know how to use a computer, but she knows better than to place her faith in the older generation’s rigid distinction between real life and online performance. “You’re wrong,” she responds.
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Re: The Terrifyingly Prescient ‘Serial Experiments Lain,’ 20 Years Later

Post by takenoko » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:11 am

I remember watching the anime at anime club and then renting it. I think that the ever presence of the internet is an interesting... hmmm... criticism? Warning? But I vaguely remember thinking the ending was so convoluted that it was hard to draw any conclusion as to what any of it meant or what was going on.

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