“A Day Made of Glass” is, quote–unquote, “Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it.”
What Corning Inc. says about itself sounds fine and I have absolutely no reason to believe that their passion about specialty glass and ceramics and their commitment to social responsiblity and race and gender diversity is not genuine and authentic. And yet, given the circumstances, this “A Day Made of Glass” vision is just awful.
Corning—A Day Made of Glass
I really really love technical progress but this antiseptic future, floating in a rich, clean, and utterly privileged bubble, is sickening. Toward the end, the father is reading The Time Machine by H. G. Wells—how fitting. That’s where the subtext suddenly rises to the surface, like bubbles within a bubble, and becomes the real story.
Welcome to the world of the digital-age Eloi, where you can live creatively, peacefully, and carefree within the protected confines of a giant iPhone.
If you have something valuable to add or some interesting point to discuss, I’ll be looking forward to meeting you on Mastodon!