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Hollywood imagines the governments of the future

This week's podcast explores the idea of what our government will look like decades from now. How will technology affect the way we come together

This week's podcast explores the idea of what our government will look like decades from now. How will technology affect the way we come together and make decisions as a society? 
 
We're calling this thought experiment Future Congress, but we're not the first ones to imagine what future governance could look like. Here's how some pop culture creators have envisioned the governments of the future.
 
President Camacho

Idiocracy is trademark and copyright  20th Century Fox.

In the film Idiocracy, director Mike Judge imagines a future American government that has succumbed to its worst impulses. Corporations dominate every aspect of civil life, from the FCC and Department of Agriculture to the renamed House of Representin’. 

DOOP

Futurama is trademark and copyright 20th Century Fox.

In the animated series Futurama, D.O.O.P, or the Democratic Order Of Planets, is what happens when a galactic democracy goes wrong. 
 
Brazil

Brazil is trademark and copyright Universal Pictures.

Created before the ubiquity of the internet, Brazil is nonetheless a spot-on satirical look at a society where an over reliance on machines and hierarchy has spawned an out-of-control bureaucracy.

The Galactic Senate 

Star Wars is trademark and copyright Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company.

George Lucas envisioned the Senate in Star Wars as being much like our own: a divided and largely ineffective legislative body. Plagued by corruption and bureaucracy, the Senate is  eventually manipulated into handing over power. Welcome to the Dark Side.

The United Federation of Planets

Star Trek is trademark and copyright of CBS Productions and Paramount Pictures.

The utopian Federation in Star Trek stresses peace, understanding and cooperation among its member planets and has eradicated many of the blights of the present day. Then Klignons happen.

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