I joined the latest craze on Facebook–changing the profile picture to any cartoon character or superheroes that would remind us our favorite character during our childhood. I chose “Six Million Dollar Man” from the very popular TV series in the 70s.
The trend on Facebook started with this campaign against violence on children that goes viral:
“Change your facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (December 6), there should be no human faces on facebook, but a stash of memories. This is for eliminating violence against children.”
However, a check on some sites reveal that there is no single significant activity related to the campaign during the period. Besides, the Children’s Month celebration is slated every October.
“SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN“–The World’s First Bionic Man
In the TV series, former astronaut Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors) underwent “bionics” surgery to replace his damaged limbs caused by a spacecraft crash. Dubbed as the “World’s First Bionic Man“, Austin has both bionic legs, a bionic right arm, and a powerful bionic left eye. (Read: Wikipedia)
Some of my students asked who’s on my profile pic. The “Six Million Dollar Man“, a science-fiction, premiered in 1973 as a television movie but the TV series on American ABC channel was on 1974-1978. It had 99 episodes on ABC and 6 movies. Charlton comics made a comic book as a spin off from the series where i got the image for my profile pic on FB.
At the very least, the TV series inculcated to the minds of the people that everything is possible with the power of technology. The catch-phrase in the 70s was the line from the introduction of the TV series: “We can rebuild him–we have the technology.”