Beyond the Hype: Wisdom from the Movies

Beyond the Hype: Wisdom from the Movies



Ketzirah Lesser

Beyond the Hype: Wisdom from the Movies


As the summer blockbuster season hits full swing, it's the perfect time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some popcorn-fueled escapism. But amidst the spectacle and thrills of the latest sci-fi flicks, there's something more profound lurking beneath the surface: cautionary tales about the dangers of unchecked technology and the consequences of prioritizing progress over ethics.

Take “The Terminator”, for example. Sure, it's a classic action movie with unforgettable one-liners and groundbreaking special effects. But at its core, it's a warning about the risks of artificial intelligence and the importance of maintaining human control over our creations. Or consider "The Day After Tomorrow," which uses the backdrop of a global climate catastrophe to highlight the devastating potential of ignoring environmental warnings.

These themes aren't just relegated to the big screen, either. The cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, which coined the term "metaverse," serves as a thought-provoking exploration of a future where corporations hold unchecked power, and virtual worlds offer an escape from the dystopian reality. Silicon Valley seems to remember the novel's introduction of the concept of the metaverse, while they overlook the biting satire of anarchy-fueled hypercapitalism at the heart of the story.

What does this have to do with brand and business growth?
Everything, as it turns out.

In the race to innovate and stay ahead of the curve, it's all too easy to get caught up in the hype and overlook the deeper implications of the technologies we're developing. We need to take these stories seriously, not just as entertainment, but as a prompt for deeper reflection on the far-reaching consequences of our actions.

The next time you're munching on popcorn and marveling at the latest sci-fi blockbuster, take a moment to consider the wisdom beneath the spectacle. And when you're back in the office, thinking about how to market the next big thing or push the boundaries of what's possible, remember the lessons of those cautionary tales.

Because if we want to create a future that's more Star Trek and less post-apocalyptic, it's up to us to approach innovation with wisdom, foresight, and a deep understanding of the potential impact on society. The warnings are there – we just need to be willing to listen and act.

Opinion Party (Vol 3): Summer Beach Reads
This article is from the third volume of "Opinion Party" from BAV Group, a collection of points of view that focused on embracing the unknown, trusting ourselves and others, and ultimately a body of work that helps us all to connect around topics that unite us rather than divide us. Explore this, and the rest of the articles, to see how our authors have taken their unique experiences and written informative and timely pieces on the intersection of brands and belonging in today’s culture

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Author: Ketzirah Lesser, Executive Director

Ketzirah Lesser is an Executive Director with VMLY&R and Chief of Staff with BAV Group. She brings experience in brand, digital strategy, customer experience, direct marketing, integrated communications and loyalty marketing.

Over the course of her career, she has worked with B2C and B2B brands in every category imaginable including clients ranging from AARP to Zytiga. Her focus has always been aligning customer needs with achieve client goals and  reinforce the brand value at every touchpoint.From 2016-2021, she served as Director of Campaign Strategy for the highly awarded 2020 Census Integrated Communications Campaign, one of the most complex communications campaigns in American history.

Ketzirah is a writer and presenting on topics ranging from data-driven branding, loyalty marketing, generational theory, social media ethics in healthcare marketing (SXSW), marketing strategy, and healthcare marketing regulations.

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