It’s the late night of October 21, 2015, the day that Marty McFly visits the “future” in Back to the Future Part II. It’s being celebrated and laughed about in all corners of the internet, mixing nostalgia for a beloved trilogy of films with amusement at the inaccuracies of its predictions. I think it’s causing some reflection upon the state of society and technology today compared to our expectations.
No, nothing hovers, but you do have WiFi on your cell phone. I’d say we’re good.
But what makes these films (notably the first two) such touchstones in our culture? Why are they so endlessly memorable and entertaining?