In the hands of tech’s leadership elite, the limits of control over a free society are gradually being erased.

That is the real message—actually, warning—that Don’t Look Up does its best to impart. Is wealth by way of tech optimization the correct new ethical framework? Should humanity go to Mars or direct its attentions to the environmental catastrophes where humans currently live? Does the planet really need next-day deliveries and e-commerce-everything, or should fair wages, universal healthcare, and climate change be the priority?

The tech moguls would say look at the data. McKay’s film says look again.

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