Halloween III: Is MARKETING TO CHILDREN Ethical?? | Season of the Witch Breakdown | Spacetaste

Is MARKETING TO CHILDREN ethical? We deep dive into Halloween III: Season of the Witch to find out! It’s only a few more days to HALLOWEEN. Comment your thoughts and opinions!

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Season of the Witch (1982) explores hypnotic marketing tactics that lure children into the deadliest Halloween trick of all time. And although this sci-fi horror mystery is clearly fiction, it’s a scarily accurate representation of the power of corporate manipulation. It’s also the only film in the franchise that DOES NOT feature Michael Myers. Penned as a standalone story in a separate universe from the John Carpenter classic, Halloween 3 follows Doctor Daniel Challis as he investigates a shady corporation called Silver Shamrock, run by an elderly CEO who controls men in black and commands them to murder those who know too much.

Halloween is the one time of the year where myths and legends of old pagan traditions are celebrated as consumers favor superstition over science and spend over 9 billion dollars on everything from candy to costumes. And while the cash pours into the pockets of corporate CEO’s, you’re likely to believe that they pose no threat to consumers, right? Well, we’d like to think so. But what would happen if these billion-dollar head honchos didn’t care about money, but instead, human sacrifice?
The sci-fi horror movie explores marketing to children through corporate advertising of Halloween masks. This showcases how far marketing will go especially with the inclusion of the men in black (androids). They’re led by a CEO and ex-toymaker warlock who carries on the Celtic tradition of sacrificing every child who purchases their Halloween mask. Each Silver Shamrock Mask is equipped with a computer chip hidden beneath their metal tags, along with a piece of stolen stone hedge. Once these masks are triggered, the results are explosive. Michael Meyers would be proud.

Silver Shamrock is similar to Kellog’s or Mcdonald’s, companies which spend billions in marketing directly marketing to children.Is it right for corporations to influence such a young demographic? When does targeted advertising go too far?
In a 1994 New York Times article, Scientists at the Philip Morris Cigarette Company found evidence 11 years prior that a substance in cigarettes was as addictive as nicotine. When this research was discovered, it was halted by the company, and as a result, their lab was shut down. This sleazy move exhibits just how far companies will go to protect their products, even if they know they aren’t safe. Although cigarettes aren’t currently marketed directly to children, as they have in the past, other potentially harmful products are.
Kool-aid, Froot Loops, and Coca Cola three products are liquid crack marketed to children. Just like the silver shamrock commercials, their product advertising is often deceiving and hypnotic. Vivid colors, zany characters, and the promise of how awesome you’ll be if you decide to consume.
Marketing tactics aside, consuming these products in moderation is OK. Childhood would be depressing and horror-filled with only vegetables to eat. Aend of the day, these companies are still marketing liquid crack to children WHICH begs the question, is marketing unsafe or unhealthy products to children using deceptively hypnotic techniques ethical? We say NO. If corporations know that their product is unsafe or unhealthy, they shouldn’t be advertising them to the young and impressionable in a manipulative manne regardless if in a sci-fi film or not.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the ultimate scary scenario of what happens when corporate manipulation goes too far. Is mass corporate sacrifice by an evil warlock likely to happen? No. Not really. But it can. And that’s enough for us to be on edge.
What do you think? Should there be limitations on advertising campaigns? And marketing to children in particular? Have you ever seen an unethical commercial? Do you believe it’s NOT the advertiser’s responsibility to ensure that their product are up to standards? Let us know in the comments below, click subscribe if you’d like, and have a happy Halloween!

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Predator: Is TROPHY HUNTING Ethical?? | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Is Trophy Hunting Ethical?? Deep dive into sci-fi classic Predator and examine the ethics of the Predator. Through the Predator, we will determine…Is this form of hunting ethical??

In Predator films, the Predator hunts and kills humans. The Predator is a member of Yautja species, a species that hunts for honor and sport. Human prey is exotic to the hunter. In the original film, Arnold Schwarzenegerr leads a team of commandoes on a mission in a Central American Jungle as they are hunted by the extraterrestrial threats.

Hunting for humans can sometimes be necessary to survive, protect, and keep overpopulation in check. Humans are descendants of hunters and gatherers, and without society or agriculture, we would revert back to our primitive roots. Predators are devoid of ethics and are trained and bred to hunt. They love to remove spinal cords. Most humans are not bred specifically for hunting or killing.

Humans hunted and gathered primarily until the development of agriculture and the rise of more modern civilizations. Trophy hunting evolved where hunting was done for sport rather than for survival. It brings along a new ethical dilemma. This ethical dilemma present in both the 1987 and 2018 Predator films as man is hunted like a beast.

Trophy hunting by both humans and predators is bad. We can’t be hypocritical. To some people, exotic earth-based animals are seen as fodder and free to kill. To a Predator, WE ARE seen as the lesser beings. In many ways, we are. The Predator is faster, stronger and possibly smarter than most people. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger and had a tough time with one.

Is Trophy Hunting ethical? We say NO! We’re not commenting on other, possibly positive forms of hunting, only the hunting of exotic animals for pride. Many species have become endangered from over-hunting. Pride could lead to the rending of many extinct species. Predators killing humans and keeping their spinal cords is little different from hunters killing rhinos for their horns.

Make sure to comment if you agree or disagree! So…Is Trophy Hunting Ethical? Does it matter if the hunter is terrestrial (human) or extraterrestrial? Is still ethical? Let us know!

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Gattaca: The Ethics of Genetically Modified Humans | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Are genetically modified humans ethical? Gattca is inevitable. This dystopian film looks at a future where children are not born in mommies, but in labs. Vincent Freeman, our classic sci-fi hero, is a genetically inferior individual who wants to become an astronaut. He wishes to explore space and visit Titan but he lives in a world of eugenics. He wasn’t genetically altered like the designer babies as well a life-threatening heart condition. His brother is near perfect.

Vincent assumes the identity of a genetically modified adult named Jerome. Genetic engineering let Jerome succeed as a famed athlete until he got in a major accident and was left handicapped. Vincent uses Jerome’s genetic ID to joins the Gattaca Space Program as an official employee. All is well, until the death of a Gattaca Officer sends Vincent on a cat and mouse chase with the police, and his own brother. In the end, Vincent manages to secure his spot aboard a spaceship, while his helpful genetically superior friend toasts himself in a blaze of self-pity.

Is Gattaca’s dystopian science fiction eugenics soon to come? Genetic modification requires inserting or deleting a few DNA ‘letters’ in an organism’s genome to add in a new gene—genetic engineering! Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Genetic medication can occur through directly injecting genome editors into one-cell embroys & by cloning a genetically modified cell using somatic cell nuclear transfer. While this might sound like science fiction, it’s real, and, it’s happening. This genetic science is extremely controversial, for the largest roadblock genetic modification would face, would not be the science of it, but the ethics.

In the world of Gattaca, naturally born children are labeled “in-valids” and segregated from the genetically engineered “valids.” They can’t attend proper schools or pursue great careers given that their resume is in their DNA. When our society DOES reach it’s Gattaca potential, there could be severe ethical backlash, at least in the short term.

Genetic modification of specific traits and genetics would be costly. Only the rich would be able to afford genetic engineering. While the 1% lavishly construct their children in a build-a-bear for babies, designing them with impressive athletic traits and dashingly good looks, the middle-class and poor would be forced to spin the wheel of chance, chance that could result in their child having genetic dispositions like Vincent’s. Worldwide outrage.

As decades pass, the price of these genetic procedures would drop significantly, and the greater population would be able to afford the same treatment as the wealthy. Society would stabilize and shift, as the playing field levels. Humanity would have decades of discrimination. Is it right for generations of individuals to go through this discrimination, just so that humanity can move forward technologically?

Ultimately, the exclusivity of the initial phase of designer babies would be just plain unethical. We’re all for advancing humanity, but human beings should not be made unequal.

So…are Genetically Modified Humans ethical? Is genetic engineering inevitable? Would you genetically engineer them? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Truman Show: Is FABRICATED REALITY Ethical?? | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Is THE TRUMAN SHOW Ethical?? Like Truman, have you ever questioned the nature of your own reality? Have you ever wondered what life would be like if everything around you was a fabrication? For Truman Burbank, reality was nothing more than an unsolicited reality TV show.

In The Truman Show, Jim Carrey’s Truman Burbank begins to notice that something is off in his world. A falling spotlight from the sky, rain that falls only on him, repetitive patterns, and the reappearance of his dead father. A childhood boating incident had left his father “dead” and instilled a deep fear of water that has since prevented him from traveling.

Meryl, Truman’s wife, and Marlon, his best friend, actively attempt to suppress Truman’s curiosity in the sci-fi film. Why? Well, it’s because Truman initially fell in love with an extra named “Sylvia.” But when Sylvia ran off with Truman to the beach and revealed that his reality is fake, she was quickly whisked away, never to be seen again. Christof cuts transmission for the very first time when Marlon breaks character. Truman eventually escapes in search of a true reality, and sails off to the edge of the dome into freedom.

So, what makes sci-fi comedy Truman Show so terrifying? The public is complicit in his imprisonment. Except for a few “Free Truman” supporters, the entire world watched his life unfold with little issue. Truman never consented to have his privacy invaded, and certainly never consented to live a fabricated life. We have the same obsession with reality TV and social media—entire lives are currently being played out in front of audiences in the form of celebs and influencers. We sign away privacy willingly with every app use, and every Alexa or Google home we use.

But unlike us, Truman never opted in for forced isolation from the real world. Having been placed in the dystopian domed prison as a baby, Truman never had the opportunity to choose a profession or live the way he wanted to. Thankfully, his discovery of his true purpose was inevitable. He couldn’t live in a zoo forever. People are naturally curious and inquisitive. It’s what separate us from most other animals.

Truman is a slave to the corporation. He was legally adopted by a corporation and deprived the ability to decide a fulfilling life. Some corporations, like Facebook and Google, are already more powerful and influential than most countries, A scenario where companies help countries adopt children for commercial purposes isn’t out of the question. Much like a slave, Truman was unable to act against his master’s will. His entire life was exploited for money and entertainment. Gustof and company likely grew rich. Both of Truman’s escapes were highly reminiscent of a slave escaping his master’s farm. The company needed their prized worker back and even used dogs to sniff him out. Forced servitude and slavery is still very much alive today, although we pretend it’s been vanquished.

Christov, the producer and driving force of “The Truman Show”, manipulated false narratives to prevent Truman from exploring the world and acting with free will. He can never forge his own path. Are we really so different from Truman?

Our brains, like computers, follow a blueprint (genetic code) that builds upon itself through interaction with the environment (school, books, learning, etc). Truman was born into a safe, comfortable and controlled city, it’s likely that many people on planet earth would actually be jealous of his lifestyle. Truman can’t trust anyone, because they’re completely fabricated. He can’t choose to pursue who he loves. Meryl was “selected” to be his wife and showed no real love for him. These falsified relationships made the potential of TRUE relationships that much more desirable, hence his inevitable escape through the sky.

What happens next for Truman? Does he suddenly gain new rights? Does the company still own him? Will he gets points on the backend of the Truman Show in syndication? Thought starters aside, it’s time for the real question.

Is The Truman Show ethical? We say NO. As we move humans forward with technological advances in our current society, our Privacy is becoming increasingly more compromised. Without privacy, captivity can take hold. We should all have the right to be free. Free of false realities. Each of us should have the right to decide the life we want to live. So. How angry would YOU be if you found out your whole life was a lie.

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Back to the Future: Is TIME TRAVEL Ethical | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Is time travel ethical? Should you alter your own timeline? Let’s dive into Back to the Future and figure out these ethical questions together. Make sure to let us know if you agree or disagree with our verdict!
In sci-fi classic, Back to the Future, Marty McFly is invited by scientist, Dr. Emmet Brown to see his time traveling DeLorean in action and preps a trip to 11/5/1955, the day Doc conceived the idea of time travel. A group of pissed off terrorists interrupt and shoot Doc Brown dead over their dealings with plutonium fuel.

Marty escapes to 1955 and disrupts the flow of history after getting pummeled by the car meant for his father. Accordingly, a younger version of his mother gets hot for him. The knucklehead Biff is there too.

In true classic sci-fi fashion, Marty McFly finds Doc Brown’s younger self and is told that the only way to power the DeLorean without plutonium, is with lightning. Marty attempts to normalize the tangled timeline by having his parents to kiss, but they don’t, at least not until Biff forces himself onto Lorraine and George comes to the rescue. The day is saved!

Marty returns to the clock tower as the lighting strikes, sending him back to 1985 to find that his father is a successful author, and Loraine is living large. All is well, and the future is saved, until Doc Brown appears with a warning and warps them back to the future for part 2.

Time travel was possibl due to the FLUX CAPACITOR. What’s a flux capacitor? Well, it’s imaginary for now. But, time travel IS possible due to quantum mechanics. Per Einstein, if you plug in faster than light velocity, you get backwards time travel. This is due to a hypothetical faster than light particle called tachyons.

If a flux capacitor was developed and generated tachyons to travel backwards in time, you’d likely be faced with the butterfly effect: “a phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.” In other words, if you step on the wrong butterfly you’ll change the universe. But, it won’t be the universe you were born into, but rather, a new (potentially dystopian sci-fi) universe that you’ve created.

Welcome to paradoxe. According to Einstein, time is a river. It can speed up, slow down, whirlpool, even fork in different directions. When Marty McFly travels in the DeLorean, the river of time forks, and a parallel universe with a new timeline is created.

It’s time we get to some ETHICS. If you could time travel, does that mean you should alter your timeline, even if it isn’t the same timeline you were born into?

When the time traveling DeLorean is first revealed, Doc Brown and Marty McFly meet at Pines Mall. Moments later when Marty McFly travels backwards in time, he crashes into a farmhouse, and is chased by a gun-wielding farmer. Marty speeds away, but in doing so, runs over the farmers pine tree. Fast forwards towards the end of film, when Marty travels back to the Twin Pines Mall, we see that The Twin Pines Mall is now called the Lone Pine Mall. Thanks Butterfly effect.

Take George and Lorraine’s kiss. If Marty had prevented his parents from having their first kiss, he likely would have never been born, at least not in the parallel universe he traveled to. Every action has a reaction, and with numerous people comes numerous actions.

Is it morally fair to right perceived wrongs? Marty improved his parent’s lives, while bully biff became a loser. But while we cheer at our hero’s win, we don’t know who else was affected. What if Biff and his father were wealthy, and his mother was poor, left with nothing after their divorce? Maybe she had cancer, and the only reason she was beating the cancer was because Biff was paying for her chemotherapy. With Biff defeated, his mother could have been too.

It all comes down to the fact that a trillion different actions took place for George and Lorraine to have their first kiss. Any action, no matter how small, can have adverse effects on people all over the world, either beneficial or detrimental.

Ultimately, we at Space Taste believe that time travel is ethical, but only if you lay down some ground rules before hopping in that Delorean and keep your visit to “observation only”. Leave your thoughts in the comments below. See you next time, future travelers.
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