But what will happen to certain plot tropes in fiction when technology is able to solve more and more of our problems? Will entire genres die?
For example, I recently rewatched an episode of Seinfeld (early-mid 90's, as if you all need to know) where a couple of the characters got separated in New York City, and the whole plot episode was about them trying to find each other. Shenanigans, hijinks and tom foolery ensued, but it occurred to me that modern technology of 20 years later would make getting lost in a big city very difficult. Give each character a cell phone and the whole plot would be resolved in a minute.
The same goes for just about every old movie about a road trip or adventure- Planes, Trains & Automobiles for instance, where Steve Martin spent days trying to get back home in time for Thanksgiving. If Steve Martin's character had a cell phone he could have gotten a ride in a couple hours, he and John Candy wouldn't have had such a bonding adventure, and he wouldn't have grown as a person at all.
Thanks to modern technology, we have seen the death of adventure-based plotlines. Some adventure flicks are still made today, but those aren't fun or interesting unless the characters' phones get lost or broken. 10 years from now, we'll undoubtedly point and laugh at today's sitcoms and how old they are, but why?
Point is, how will technology affect storytelling in the future? What tropes will die, and what tropes will be born? What will happen to fiction?
Edited by EVanimations, 28 July 2012 - 04:39 PM.