This week I watched an interesting film directed by Alex Rivera (2008) called ‘Sleep Dealer‘. It is a futuristic sci-fi film that comments on the social relations between USA and Mexico. Whilst it remains fictitious, it realises the potential threat of technology to our current societies. Drones are used as a means of structuring and thus threatening to potentially dictate the character’s daily lives.
I sadly only realised the existence of drones through their mere portrayal in this film. However, it encouraged me to further my research regarding the topic, leading me to find this rather accurate explanation of a drone [Drone Definition], and thus hoping to make us more aware of their actual implications within society.
Reading April’s issue of the’New Internationalist‘ magazine, I was shocked to read an article by Mark Engler entitled ‘A Nobel Prize for drone strikes?’ He comments on how little society knows or even cares about drones, particularly concerning countries outside of America’s ‘friendship circle’. According to Engler:
“UN reports [reveal] that drones fired 506 weapons in Afghanistan in 2012, up from 294 the year before. Obama claims that his administration has worked to reduce the number of civilian causalities. But is has done so partly by defining all military-aged men killed by a drone strike as legitimate military targets by default”
So it seems that anyone aged between 16-60 is eligible to be killed by a remote-controlled drone! What right do we have to dehumanise victims just because we have the money and technology to install such inhumane machinery as a means of state protection? Surely this method of ‘combat’ is totally disrespectful of universal moral standards, such as those mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights created by institutions like the UN. With superior capitalist countries priding themselves on their international duty to intervene internationally (when deemed necessary), they continually fail to educate their own cultures about the uses of their latest technologies.
With so much focus on celebrity culture, why does the media fail to acknowledge the deaths of over 4,700 people as a result of US drone attacks?
IDMB: SLEEPDEALER http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804529/