Tron legacy, a sequel to the first Tron movie of 1984, situates inside the data base of a network of computers, similar to the matrix. The inhabitants of this virtual world can not leave the grid, they will not function off of it. Very much like society today, that if we were stranded somewhere without the presence of a system that constraints guides us, the ability to function properly would be all together abandoned. Sam Flynn, son of the creator, observes a history of the grid and must also contemplate decisions which reflect dilemnas of everyday life in modern society.

When Sam meets his father, who was trapped in the grid for many years, he gets updated on everything that has happened in this virtual world. Clu, Mr. Flynn’s other electronic half who was created to help build a utopia, mass murders a race of programs named ISOs much like Hitler did in World War Two. Clu destroyed this new species of programs because he could not contemplate what this new variable would ensue within the equation, and how this equation would be changed. Much like if a major change happened on the earth today, most people would be shell shocked and could not clearly make constructive decisions due to this new experience, so they tend to try to ignore this new substance that has changed the norm. This happened long ago when the Europeans first came to North America to find a new breed of people that they have never seen before. They did not know what to do with these First Nations, so the Europeans decided to try to incorporate them into their own society and destroy this newly found race. Not only does modern literature reflect history, but it also includes predicaments which one must face in the dearest of situations.

Sam Flynn is accompanied by the last ISO remaining, Quorra, who saves Sam on the race track from Clu. He starts growing a tight bond with her, as the story proceeds. From the time Sam enters the grid and leaves it, he oversees the death of many programs, yet when Clu decides to go on his rampage and try to step from the grid into reality, Sam carries Quorra to safety without a second though. The world today does the same, seeing a face is easier to understand than just a number, and especially with media playing such a big role, seeing that face is much easier. A recent viral video, shows a homeless man with a “Golden Voice“. This video got over 13 million views in a short 48 hours. This man is now getting  job offers everywhere. Yet when one hears about “one million killed by malaria each year, mostly in Africa, where 3,000 children alone are dying each day”(Singer, 2007) it is just a number. My grandpas death due to cancer was more of a concern for me than hearing just a number, after all “a single death is a tragedy, ; a million deaths is a statistic” ( Singer, 2007).

The human race is flawed beyond saving, and it is too ignorant  to save itself. We are so paranoid of change that we try to avoid it completely, hey, who knows what lies behind that door. Media is a new medium which takes its inspiration from events in history, and issues that face people everyday, but only a few know of them.

It’s weird, especially when one starts learning about history ,considering one starts to notice a lot of plots  of modern media seem to repeat historic events and mistakes of the present.

Reference List

Singer, Thea. (2007). Why We Don’t Care About Darfur. O, The Oprah Magazine, September[unknown], 236.

Kosinski, J. (Director). (2010). Tron: Legacy [Film]. USA: LivePlanet.