The twenty-eighth podcast looks at Oshii’s ‘PatLabor 2′ as a political interpretation of the effects of computer mediation, using that wo0nderful trope of the Mecha.
This podcast relates to the mySF Project, created in 2005 and still growing.
Podcast 28 takes an idiosyncratic view of the interest in giant, glistening Mecha apart from the wonderful Japanese anime tradition and then focuses in on Oshii’s ‘PatLabor 2′ and a persuasive interpretation by Chris Bolton in the ‘Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams’ collection published in 2008. Suggestions for the article and film’s use relate to teachers of upper secondary English students looking at the shifting relationships of man and machine in Science Fiction.
A script version of the podcast with a full resource list is available at http://www.pataphysics.net.au/mysf_project/mysf_scripts/mysf_script_podcast28.htm.
The purpose of the podcast is to join other educators to collaborate on the construction of great SF teaching resources. The podcast is 10M in size, in mp3 format, running for twenty-two minutes.
The mySF Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia License.
mySF Project podcast, number 28
Direct download: mysf_028_2009_12_29.mp3