Created By: Silverfish on June 7, 2007

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Do we have one for the tendency to imply that a computer is contained in the monitor. That is, if you want to destroy a computer (and the data in it), you destroy the monitor, rather than smash up the actual computer or take the hard drive out.

For example, I think in Zoolander, one of the characters throws the monitor of a computer into the crowd, to get the information to the people. The point was it was just a stupid thing to do, but I assume (I haven't seen the movie, just the trailers) the implication was that the information was in the monitor.
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  • June 7, 2007
  • June 7, 2007
    I think in Zoolander that was justified because it was a mac that they were destroying. Either All Computers Are Macs or Destroy The Display or Destroyed Display Means Death or... just throwing some things out for you.
  • June 7, 2007
    Perhaps some play on the old "Blue Screen Of Death"? Broken Screen Of Death ... nah.
  • June 8, 2007
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    Morgan Wick: So far I prefer the Mac ones. I think "Do we have one for the tendency to imply that a computer is contained in the monitor." includes more than the most visible case, as described here.
  • June 8, 2007
    Also done in Lost, when Desmond acidentally shoots the monitor of the death computer, and instantly assumes it's been completely destroyed.
  • June 8, 2007
  • June 8, 2007
    I didn't realise that about macs. That's mainly because I've always used P Cs.

    Anyway, I'm thinking All Computers Are Macs, or another of the mac ones. The idea of destroying the screen to destroy the computer seems more like a consequence of the trope computer = monitor.
  • June 11, 2007
    Done in Doctor Who: In every episode, the Doctor controls a computer by using the sonic screwdriver on the monitor. In the episode "Dalek", a Dalek "absorbs the entire internet" through a (broken) monitor. And in "Smith and Jones", when the computer's database is erased, the Doctor looks for a backup by looking at the back of the monitor.
  • June 11, 2007
    There are other aspects of Macs that I don't think I'd know the significance.

    Computer Equals Monitor
  • June 11, 2007
    All Computers Are Macs could be taken literally, because Macs seem to be much more common on TV and in the movies than they are in real-life.
  • June 11, 2007
    I'm coming around to Computer Equals Monitor. All Computers Are Macs could be confusing, as Andrew points out. The Doctor Who examples are exactly what I'm looking for A Carlssin.
  • June 11, 2007
    I agree with Andrew about All Computers Are Macs - especially prevalent in early 00s shows like Angel, since Steve Jobs' publicity dept was handing them out to TV studios for free. I like Destroy The Display though.

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