It's an easy mistake: cars are more important than people

It’s an easy mistake: cars are more important than people


The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has been making phenomenal short films for a long, long time. There have been some absolute classics over the years, and as a kid I always got excited when they played the Canada Vignettes on CBC, but this is one I have only just come across. Here’s the synopsis from the NFB:

“This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared — that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.”

Even those of us who are citizens of this world can be forgiven for thinking that cars are more important than people. Because we are not alien to this world and yet are still treated as parasites to be tolerated when not accompanied by a guardian – sorry, a car, it is that much more confusing.

Anyway, the video was the highlight, so I’m done. Get stuck into the comments if you want to carry on with any of the themes that What On Earth! presents.


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