April 22, 2010
Ordering of Inbreed Superhumans
The movie Gattaca written and directed by Andrew Niccol in 1997, bring about very controversial topics in today’s world. It makes us step back and take a good look at where we are going with our science and technology. It shows gene manipulation, forms of cloning and technology that can only be seen in some distant future. Not to mention it is almost the ultimate form social control. In Gattaca there is one main form of social control and that is their government. Genetics is what the society drives for, becoming the perfect human. They strive for perfection. People are constantly tracked through urine test, hair follicles, blood and even dead skin particles found lying around. Invalids (the people who were born naturally) were discriminated against for not having their genes chosen; invalids are not allowed in certain areas and are also not allowed jobs that are available. Some values that have also changed are the role of family life. Valids no longer need to have intercourse and are in fact trained to resist all sexually urges. Men and women chose their life mate based upon their partners genetic makeup. In this society there is a regular competition among the people because everyone is trying to prove that they are “the” super human and how they have the best genes. The society is divided into Valids and Invalids. Valids are the people who have had their genes chosen and the Invalids are the “god child” who was created through intercourse. Valids are the people who run the civilization. They have the more important jobs and are in control of the space program. Invalids were the lower class; they are not good enough because their genetic make up was a role of the dice and not picked. People needed to have money in order to create the perfect human. Invalids held jobs like janitors and or anything that did not use brain power, very medial work. Gattaca...