Every time technology changes, it changes what people in the plot can do.
– Margaret Atwood, no less, in an interview with Pando Daily. This is true not just of writing and films, but of life in general. In the interview she talks about how the fear of the new is more or less the fear of the unknown and, funnily enough, a fear that it will corrupt society in some way (‘What people were really worried about was that it could enable sex, because you could get away from the home and parental control.’). And so once the new is no longer new, people become comfortable with it and then wonder why it isn’t the starting point for future events. Parents become smarter, kids try to outsmart them – and life goes on.