In the old days, you used to see truth-seeking characters scrolling furiously through microfiche to find the key to a mystery.
Now they just Google it.
In the old days, you used to see desperate characters hunting for a working phone booth.
Now they hunt for a signal.
GETTING EVEN AFTER PRISON
In the old days, you used to see prison inmates lifting weights or studying law so they could get even with the people who put them there when they got out.
Now they learn to hack in prison so they can get even while still inside.
In the old days, you would see characters covertly following people on foot or by car. Many times they would lose them.
Now they attach a GPS tracker.
In the old days, characters would break into someone’s office late at night to Xerox or take spy camera photos of incriminating documents.
Now they copy computer files to a flash drive (in the movies, this happens FASTER than using a spy camera or Xerox, but in real life, it takes MUCH longer!)
In the old days, characters dressed in colorful and chic wardrobes, designed by Edith Head.
Now they wear black.
POLICE FAX MACHINES
In the old days, the grainy driver’s license photo of the killer would be sent to the local police station via a very slow fax machine, which everyone would be too busy to notice.
Now they text a photo of the killer to all the cops at once.
In the old days, many movie plots turned on a case of mistaken identity (e.g., Hitchcock’s “wrong man” themes).
Now anyone can quickly find a photo and bio of anyone thanks to Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
In the old days, characters who suffered a whack on the head developed amnesia and wouldn’t know their names.
Now they can just ask Siri.
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