TorgHacker wrote: Matthew Surridge wrote:
Synarchist wrote:There's no question that Tron was an early influence on the cyberpunk genre - despite being more science fantasy than science fiction - and entirely appropriate to be referenced. But Tron is also an anti-communist manifesto under the hood. Released in 1982 in the heart of the Cold War, it has a Communist Dictator (the MCP) repurposing programs (citizens) for the good of the State and brutally suppressing religion (belief in the Users). In the end, it's faith and the Users that save everyone. It's a great big anti-commie allegory.
This is an interesting reading, because I'd always seen Tron as a straight-ahead retelling of the Christ story. Flynn as both fully program and fully user; the MCU as the Roman Empire (and therefore with gladiatorial games persecuting true believers); as you say, the worldly power persecuting the faithful. And of course a sacrifice at the end. In that sense, it's the *perfect* thing to reference in the Cyberpapacy …
That's the thing about art. The artist might have an intention, but that might not be what people read into it. Which is why art is actually an interactive process, even if there's little interactivity going on.
See: The Matrix as a transgender allegory.
So much THIS, Deanna! I was literally about to post about the subjective nature of interpreting art, separate from what the artist's *intent* to communicate is. And as a tangent, I love this community and the fact it can have conversations like this!
That said, yup - while I'd always looked at Tron strictly through the Cold War lens of its time, a Christ allegory is every bit as valid and something I'd not considered! No matter how you slice it though, seems like we agree that Tron is a *fantastic* point of reference and influence for the Cyberpapcy, if an unexpected one.
My excitement for the Cosm book just keeps growing! One of these days in the miscellany thread I'll tell you all about how and why the CyberPope added the Virgin Mara, Holy Mother of GodNet to the catechism to defang Mara-II's message in my game, and how Tron gave me the idea, but for now I'm beyond excited to see what's *officially* in store!