Daily Prompt

Keanu Reeves is Johnny Mnemonic

I can’t stop thinking of Keanu Reeves and the future. I’m sure I’m supposed to be talking about my childhood when I learned things like ROYGBIV and Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.

I have spent most of today trying to plot some fantastic, poetic insight out of the word prompt but, no. My brain has narrowed in on this one single thing, like a falcon targeting its prey.

I say Mnemonic, you say….?

Johnny… of course.

I mean, seriously. It was not an amazing film, but if some 20-odd years later, it’s what comes to mind in this miniature word association game, it was at least a catchy title, which is the entire point of a mnemonic device, to be catchy.

The movie is set in the future (2021!!) and, if I recall (sooooo distantly, I will probably have to Google just to be sure), Johnny has some information in his head he needs for something to either

a) be destroyed for the good of humanity, or

b) not be destroyed for the good of humanity.

It’s going to kill me not to know for sure…so here is what the internet had to say:

β€œA data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.”

At least I wasn’t far off. And now I am reminded how several ultra cool people were also in the film, like Henry Rollins and Ice-T. I also realize I may have been thinking of the plot for Chain Reaction.

At any rate, it got me thinking about new mnemonics our children and grandchildren will have to learn to keep up with history and information now. They still teach the aforementioned ROYGBIV and Every Good Boy Deserves Fun, but will there one day be a rhyme for which companies took over the world first?

Like ‘A Star Glitters Always’ for Apple, Starbucks, Google, and Amazon. I’m sure by then there may be a few more.

For history class, they will have to come up with a real doozie of who left/got kicked out of the Trump Administration. For sure, that will be a beast of a mnemonic, which is ironic:

β€œIt will be the best, the biggest mnemonic the world has ever seen, I’m sure of it.”

***I typically, as a rule and point of pride, use only my own photos; however, I am sad to say that having not had the opportunity to capture Keanu Reeves in the past 24 hours, I had to borrow the movie poster from the IMDB website. Honestly, it’s a way better option than me trying to draw it.

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