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If you haven't seen the movie Tron, you have probably seen a game on the Jumbotron! Chances are, you are surrounded by every day trons ...
Imagined through comic books and B-grade scientific fiction, the latter half of the twentieth century was lived via prospecting with a “Detectron” metal detector after 1949, or grooving on “Mellotron” electro-mechanical keyboard in England in the 1960s, perhaps attempting to replicate the new Stevie Wonder song ‘Higher Ground’ recorded through his “Mu-Tron”; it was seen with “Unitron” reflecting telescopes in the backyards of new suburbs free of city-lights by young amateur astronomers, while their fathers wore an “Accutron” electronic wristwatch to work - “its not a time piece; it’s a conversation piece”; it was witnessed by crowds of tens-of-thousands gaining better views of questionable plays on the Jumbotron, powerfully combining the most American of devices with the most American of sports. Trons formed numerous cultural touchstones, prominently the Disney film Tron that enthralled audiences in 1982 and spawned a sequel in 2010, Tron: Legacy, as well as a string of computer games. Likewise, speaking like the Metatron, Optimus Prime has battled Megatron; five robot lions came together to form the defender Voltron on the hugely popular 1980s TV show; Woody Allen emerged from the Orgasmatron in his film Sleeper; and Scantronâ style exams began their reign of both terrorizing and shoddily educating children the world over since the 1970s.
More amazingly still, in order to interview significant historical personages including Robert McNamara, the documentary director Errol Morris has forged historical memory itself through his Interrotron, a name that “reminds him of alien devices in ’50s science-fiction movies,” and has been America’s conscience for over thirty years. For Morris, his Interrotron “creates greater distance and greater intimacy … it creates the true first person,” he said in an interview in 2004 with FML Magazine, “now when people make eye contact with me, it can be preserved on film.” First used in his film Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, the Interrotron was named by Morris’ wife, Julia Sheehan, “because it combined two important concepts – terror and interview.” http://www.errolmorris.com/content/eyecontact/interrotron.html accessed Sept 30, 2015.
For a person seeking the truth behind the person sitting in front of him, it appears that the use of the tron suffix is entirely natural arising from his earliest exposure to cinema and comics. http://www.rogerebert.com/festivals-and-awards/errol-morris-megatron-son-of-interrotron accessed Sept 30, 2015.
. The Metatron is “the Voice of God. But not the voice of God. An entity in it own right. Rather like a Presidential spokesman.” Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens (Corgi, 2006), 246. Alan Rickman played the Metatron in Dogma dir and written by Kevin Smith View Askew. 1999. Tron. Dir. Steven Lisberger. Written by Steven Linsberger. Disney, 1982. Tron: Legacy. Dir. Joseph Kosinski. Written by Edward Kitsis et.al. Disney, 2010. Sleeper. Dir. Woody Allen. Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. Rollins-Joffe Productions, 1973. For Voltron, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/arts/design/11keefe.html?ref=obituaries&_r=0
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