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The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
BBC Radio show 1978
Published 1979
2005 Blockbuster Movie
Destruction of Earth
Arthur Dent
Ford Prefect
The Vogons
Earth is destroyed
Sneak onto a Vogon ship
Saved by the Heart of Gold
Meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin
Lost planet of Magrathea
Conflict in the Universe
Conflict would still arise, even if there was no communication barrier
War and violence arises in every species because of different ideals
Conflict is inescapable, even in space
There are space cops, illustrating that even other civilizations need law and order
Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Imperial Galactic Government
"The President in particular is very much a figurehead- he wields no real power whatsoever."
"The qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage."
"He has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud." -Edward Heath "quiet revolution"
"His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away form it."
Magrathea, Land of the Forgotten
Fabulously wealthy planet
Makes other planets (colonies?)
"Closed" because of economic collapse
Desert planet
Wake up when economy starts up again
A Political Commentary or Just Another Good Read?
1970s UK:
political and economic unrest
devalued £
trade unions striking
1973 oil crisis (3 Day Week)
Winter of Discontent
rising inflation and unemployment
Humor with a Hidden Meaning
Humanity is not as evolved as it might think
Conflict is a universal construct
The search for answers often leads to more questions and disappointment
The Role of Humanity
Humans dominate the land, but have lost track of what's important
Other species are more evolved because they live simply and happily
Humans have high sense of self-importance, and their perceptions could differ from reality
Come far, but still have a long way to go
Unending Search for Knowledge
Humanity's understanding is limited, so they look for answers in the wrong places
Spend lives looking for answers instead of actually living
Searching for peace in the wrong pursuits and asking the wrong questions
Come to peace with the idea that their are certain concepts we will never know
Repeated throughout the novel
Arthur's House
The Horse and Groom
Miners' Strikes
30% Inflation and IMF Bailout
Emigrants= Dolphins?
"'I like the cover,' he said. '"Don't Panic." It's the first helpful or intelligible thing anybody's said to me all day.'"
“On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons” (Adams 147)
“These creatures you call mice, you see, they are not quite as they appear. They are merely the protrusion into our dimension of vastly hyperintelligent pandimensional beings. The whole business with the cheese and the squeaking is just a front” (Adams 154)
“Orbiting [the Sun] at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat” (Adams 1)
"Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation" (Adams 55).
“Unfortunately, in the Vl'Hurg tongue this was the most dreadful insult imaginable, and there was nothing for it but to wage terrible war for centuries” (Adams 187)
“Now either you all give yourselves up now and let us beat you up a bit, though not very much of course because we are firmly opposed to needless violence, or we blow up this entire planet and possibly one or two others we noticed on our way out here” (Adams 198)
“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now” (Adams 124).
“The chances of finding out what's really going on in the universe are so remote the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied… I'd far rather be happy than right any day.” (Adams 184).
“[42] quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is” (Adams 173)
Photo Credit: Nick Joll
Humanity is not as evolved as it might think
Conflict is universal
The search for answers leads to disappointment and more questions
Political commentary on 1970s England
Satire to distract from situation
Public panicking
Leaders not helping
"Sick man of Europe"
Economic History of the United Kingdom. Wikipedia.
Why does the 1970s get Painted as such a Bad Decade?. BBC News.
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