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Star Wars Buttons You May Have Missed #SciFiSunday

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Fun story from Motherboard!

In one sense, that’s a reflection of the story’s time and place. A New Hope and its ilk occur in a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Here, our preconceptions of technological time are useless: technology doesn’t look anything like what it does in our galaxy, now. There are blasters and swords, sure; but note, and revel in, the absence of Facebook or selfies or smartphones. No one in Star Wars is looking down at a screen in their hands, scanning whatever their equivalent of Twitter would be.

It’s a nice reminder about how technology is made: In the Star Wars universe, as in ours, certain powerful forces shape the direction of the galaxy and determine what technology does too (see, for example, how the Emperor builds a giant planet-sized space weapon as opposed to, say, a peaceful fusion reactor or something like that)—and how it looks.

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