THE INHERENT POWER OF GENRE
The 1970s stagnation of American idealism gets thematic and visual commentary in LOGAN'S RUN (1976)
If the 1960s could be called the “adolescence” of America’s short history … and it’s arts a reflection of that attendant adolescent trauma, then surely the decade of the 1970s would see the maturation of both. Which isn’t to say things were now hunky-dory, and every social and political ill raised (and protested) during the previous ten years had been satisfactorily dealt with, polished and now cataloged under “finished”. Quite the contrary. Fed and strengthened by the previous decade’s activism, and now taunted by an era of all new brick bats (a prolonged withdrawal from Vietnam, the Watergate scandal of the Nixon White House, a rise in global terrorism, long lines at neighborhood gas pumps; as well as environmental concerns, fear of nuclear devastation, and a distrust of the corporate mindset) the 60’s “Beast of Discontent” would grow to adulthood, break from the “fan boy” confines of the science fiction/fantasy/horror milieu and onto the center stage of popular mainstream media; bringing with it (as both reflection and reminder) the guilt of the Baby Boomers who now, raising children of their own, had to answer for a decade of excess.