OK boys and girls, we’re going to play a game. The name of this game is “One of these things is not like the others.” If you need a refresher on how this game works, watch this video:
Ready? Now watch this trailer for Dinesh D’Souza’s 2014 film, America, and see if you can spot which thing is not like the others:
Did you get it? No, having a little trouble? Hmm, let’s see….We’ve got historic speeches from FDR, JFK, and Martin Luther King. We’ve got a parade celebrating the Allied victory over Nazi Germany, Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League baseball, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and Reagan challenging Gorbachev to dismantle the Berlin Wall. And we have Steve Jobs unveiling the iphone.
Still stumped? Here’s a hint: It’s not only the most recent event, it’s the only event from the last quarter century that the filmmakers considered significant enough to include. It laid the essential groundwork for revolutionary developments such as Uber and Angry Birds. And it’s something you can buy!
Yes! That’s it! Steve Jobs unveiling the iphone—that’s the one thing that just doesn’t belong. But here’s the extra-credit question: Why did the filmmakers make such an obvious mistake? Your hint is this collection of snippets from the HBO show Silicon Valley:
I should point out that Silicon Valley is the brainchild of Mike Judge, which means that the man who created Beavis and Butthead is a much better judge of category errors than Dinesh D’Souza. But nevermind that. Did you get the answer? No? Last hint: