Pick your poison of near-future dystopias with this week’s episode: grim authoritarian government regime or sinister-but-smiling tech hegemony? Wade and Kevin take a look at the first three episodes of Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Does it do justice to the anxieties and complexities of its source material? The other dystopia is much sunnier but no less worrisome in its implications. James Ponsoldt’s film adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel takes a hard look at technology and social media’s impact on society, but is there more realism or more hysteria in its musings on these themes? Listen to find out!

Listen to Seeing and Believing 106:

Music interlude by Run Maggie Run, “Lion Tamer.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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  1. Kevin and Wade…

    With regard to your review of “The Circle” (and yes, it was NOT a good movie) why do you think the movie is promoting the world as it is portrayed in the last frames? No, it is saying that that is not a world we want and warns us to not be seduced by all those wonderful things promised by the “Circle” if you only give up your privacy. The ending is indeed very confused (much different than the novel which is disappointing given that David Eggers co-wrote the screenplay and is the author of the book). Yes, we are to be frightened by such utopian plans. Mae (in the movie) is duped by the slick indoctrination of Bailey, who in my mind is a benign demagogue but in the end Mae pulls the rug from under both Bailey and Stenton (or at least that is how I see it but the ending is SO awful). Anyway, the script is badly, badly adapted from the novel. But it si not meant to say transparency (as we are before our God?) is a good thing at all, but rather the reverse.

    By the way, one of you (Wade I think) said that there are more people who have met (unnatural?) deaths in the last century than in any other century before. WHAT? You need to reread your history books.

    Pre-20th century Wars (alone)
    Fall of Rome (3rd to 5th century) = 8 million
    An Lushan Revolt (8th century) = 36 million
    Mongol Conquests (13th century) = 40 million
    Thuggee (13th to 19th century) = 9 million
    Timur Lenk (14th to 15th century) = 17 million
    North American Indian Wars (15th to 19th century) = 20 million
    Huegenot War (16th century) = 3 million
    Manchu Conquest (17th century) = 25 million
    Thirty ears War (17th century) = 7 million
    Taiping Rebellion (19th century) = 20 million
    British Conquest and Occupation of India (19th century) = 20 million
    Napoleonic Wars (19th century) = 4 million
    Congo Free State (19th century) = 8 million

    And that is not even counting how millions used to die of diseases that are now completely preventative.

    Love your podcast — I have just recently started to listen. I have given you a good rating on iTunes. Wish you put a little more “What this means to me as a Christian” into your reviews like the site I write for tries to do (without being obnoxious… grin!).

    God’s peace. And Wade- I pray the birth went well. As an old physician who has delivered over 1000 kids (yes I am proud of it) I always held my breath.

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