How Real Life Imitates The Media: Blue Meth, Replicators, And Tasteless Summer Camps

Oscar Wilde’s famous quote “life imitates art,” while riddled with abstract interpretations, sometimes reaches literal fruition, whether intentionally or not.

Here are 3 examples of how entertainment and media have been played out in real life, whether as imitation or by coincidence.

1. Breaking Bad: Blue Meth and an IRL Walter White

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More recently, as if by fate, a 53-year-old man named Walter White was sentenced to 12 years in prison for dealing large quantities of methamphetamine – a startling echo of the hit show Breaking Bad.

Separately, blue-tinted meth has shown up in New Mexico – a sign that real illegal drug distributors are taking a leaf out of (the fictional) Walter’s book, Business Insider says. The imitation drug’s pureness is cut by the coloring, however, meaning the imitation is aesthetic only – but still selling for 50% more.

Officials are concerned that the product is being marketed toward new users inspired by the show, and that these newbies will get sick from the drug, which is cut with various chemicals.

2. Star Trek: Future tech becomes present tech

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Though the Starship Enterprise and transporters of “beam-me-up” fame do not yet exist, many technologies depicted in the 1966 series Star Trek are now a reality.

Communicators have surfaced as cellular phones, PADDs (with no subtlety) resemble iPads and other tablets, and Voice Interface has emerged in the form of Siri and other speaking computers that live in phones, computers, and cars, according to Mashable.

More advanced reproduction of these technologies include transparent aluminum, recently unveiled in the form of a material called ALON, which is not only aluminum-based and see-through, but bullet-proof.

3D-printing, which is rapidly rising in popularity and usage, can also be considered an early representation of Star Trek’s Replicator.

3. Hunger Games: Luxury fashion and an actual Hunger Games camp

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The hit movie the Hunger Games has inspired real-life action in ways both admirable and scary.

According to NPR, USA Archery membership has more than doubled since the film series’ onset in 2012, likely due to heroine Katniss’ use of the arrow in the films while hunting animals – and, well, children (though mostly in self-defense).

With incredible irony, the Hunger Games’ evil Capitol (used to critique capitalist/consumerism culture) has inspired a luxury clothing line called Capitol Couture, which was used to market the second movie – promoting the same shallow priorities and disdain for the poor as the book/film’s villain.

Lastly, a summer camp in Florida (because where else?) held a Hunger Games-themed camp for children ages 10-14. Though the kids pulled flags from belts instead of murdering each other, according to the Tampa Bay Times, the premise is questionable at best, and at worst, condoning of needless violence.

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Jennifer Markert