Networked Communication

Internet Addiction

Though addiction to false memories is not explicitly discussed in Total Recall, it is easy to see how the Rekall machines could become addicting.  These machines could offer the population a relatively cheap way to escape their everyday lives.  It is this escapism that drives Quaid to initially seek out the Rekall implants, and it is likely that it could cause people to become addicted in the same way they become addicted to video games and other online media.


At a number of points through the film, characters are shown using videophones.  While this accurately predicted the rise of products such as Skype and Facetime, the hardware shown is laughably far from the eventual reality.  The videophones shown in the movie are bulky CRT monitors with a physical keypad, quite different from the sleek devices of real life.