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X Minus One, Episode 66: The Tunnel Under The World by Frederik Pohl
Melissa's woke! Facebook, and other social media, were designed to
gather intelligence. Social media may also prove useful for shaping
_The Tunnel Under the World_(1955) is an early sfnal story about
consumer behavior virtualization. _Simulacron-3_ (Galouye, 1964) follows
in its footsteps. _Time Out of Joint_ (PKD, 1959) apparently falls in
between. (The PKD remains unread by me thus far.)
"...considering technological advance without the societal consequences
that would come along with it." - Mikayla
Fancy thinking that of a Pohl, or a Pohl/Kornblut tale!
Maybe Dan has the best take: the hacks who adapted it? :)
I left a "blame' out of "blame the hacks who adapted it? :)"
Post by D B Davis
It's OK with me when an adaptation, a treatment, an interpretation takes
liberties with the original story. Pushing-the-envelope adds to the art,
from my perspective. Dan obviously feels differently. And that's his
_The Lathe of Heaven_ (Le Guin) has two treatments. The 1980
treatment follows the original story fairly closely. IIRC Le Guin
participated in that first production. The 2002 treatment takes more
liberties with the original story line. Both treatments work for me in
different ways. YMMV.
You are right much of the time, except that some adaptations
are so opposite to the intended meaning of the prose work's
authors that they amount to creative vandalism. The film
STARSHIP TROOPERS, anyone? Given how socially conservative
most commercially-sponsored US radio drama would have been
in that era, I would expect some of the more challenging
aspects of any story in the "social science - SF" sub-genre
that Pohl/Kornbluth were masters of would be toned down
Of course, many authors sell their stories to other media
for adaptation and are resigned to the fact that awful, if
not contrary versions will be made. "Did the check clear?"
is often the most important question about how the producers
treat their "children." Such resignation may be a virtue made
out of a necessity.