Priceless: Futurama lampoons the eyePhone and “Twitcher”

As a huge fan of Matt Groening, a long-time Apple customer and a serious Twitter user, I found a recent episode of Futurama, “Attack of the Killer App,” to be crackling good satire. Excerpt below:

Yes, I know this all blew up back in July. I saw it tonight, and it made me laugh. The episode pokes fun at pokes fun at Apple and iPhone customers in all sorts of ways, along with viral video and Internet culture. As Engadget pointed out, Futurama critiqued modern gadget and social media obsession using 50s technology. The folks over at also highlighted that this is far from the first time Futurama has satirized Apple:

Futurama’s focus on Apple is, of course, nothing new. Series co-founders David X. Cohen and Matt Groening are both big Apple nerds. We previously chronicled Futurama’s subtle and comical use of Apple and Mac references over here.

The viral Twitworm that creates many zombies is one of the best pop references to botnets and IT security I’ve seen recently, too. And there was one more (seriously geeky) detail that Engadget, Edible Apple and Mashable missed:

“When did the Internet become about losing your privacy?” asks Fry.

“August 6, 1991”-Bender.

Why? That was the day when Tim Berners-Lee posted “a short summary of the WorldWideWeb project online. The real world has never been the same since.

WorldWideWeb – Executive Summary

The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.

Reader view

The WWW world consists of documents, and links. Indexes are special documents which, rather than being read, may be searched. The result of such a search is another (“virtual”) document containing links to the documents found. A simple protocol (“HTTP”) is used to allow a browser program to request a keyword search by a remote information server.

The web contains documents in many formats. Those documents which are hypertext, (real or virtual) contain links to other documents, or places within documents. All documents, whether real, virtual or indexes, look similar to the reader and are contained within the same addressing scheme. To follow a link, a reader clicks with a mouse (or types in a number if he or she has no mouse). To search and index, a reader gives keywords (or other search criteria). These are the only operations necessary to access the entire world of data.

UPDATE: Ok, ok, sharp-eyed readers: The AVClub totally got that Bender reference.


Filed under research, scifi, social media, technology, Twitter, video

3 responses to “Priceless: Futurama lampoons the eyePhone and “Twitcher”

  1. The best thing about the internet is the ability to repost. There is bound to be an entire audience that hasn’t seen it before. That being said, Groening is a genius, and you can’t go wrong with Futurama!

  2. Pingback: Strong ties, weak ties, social software and online friendship « digiphile

  3. Allah Casper

    7 years on still applicable

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