Pretty satysfing answers, but please, don't understimate LISBERGER's genius in such semplicistic, even genuine, way. I know you were just making your point, anyway.
Steven knew about program copies or how TRON's world worked from every point of view. Truly. I don't think TRON's world is a "dream" at all! - it really would REFLECT how computer systems and programs work today, that's the reason the movie was *SO MUCH* AHEAD of its own time... because it's AHEAD still now, and we're in 2003.
However, I enjoyed your post intro, but i'm still thinking too much, and PROUD in doing it as well!
I hate when people says: "It's just a movie", because they really don't get a clue. A movie is an open WIDOW on hidden mechanics which move OUR reality. There are parallel dimensions and zillion and zillion of space-time continuum lines. In one of them, you registered yourself in this forum as "PROGRAM BASIC" and I did it as "TRIGGER", but everything out of there is similar to our line! It's pshysic, man! They called it "Quantistic theory", and it's damn real.
"For example, the digitizing beam was in and of itself a primitive transporter. Like the ones on Star Trek. That's why Allen asked if it could send him to Hawaii. Lori said something about how the object can be digitized and then sent anywhere over any distance to remolecularize in the real world. I think your (b) option would be closer to what they had in mind. It's the beginning of teleportation technology. "But you have to purchase your program three days in advance." "
GREAT! YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT THE WHOLE TRANSPORTER THING. BASICALLY THEY REALIZED A "SETH BRUNDLE'S MACHINE" WHICH TURNED TO BE A DIGITALIZING PROJECTOR. MIXING UP APPLES WITH POTATOES, BECAUSE THEY REALLY DIDN'T KNOW OR CAN'T IMAGINE BEYOND THE SCREEN THERE WAS AN UNIVERSE... WHERE ENERGY BREATHES!
A lot of the concepts in Tron weren't exactly real back then, but are today. Like the network of different "domains" and such.
I THINK THE DOMAINS THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WERE SECTIONS OF ONE SYTEM, ENCOM SYSTEM, OF COURSE.
NOW THE TERM IS GONE "RE-ARRANGED" TO BETTER DESCRIBE INTERNET'S STRUCTURE BUT COMING BACK TO 1982, IT WAS THAT WAY.
The programs are in humanoid form, because "a peice of us resides within each and every one." That's how they explain that in the movie and that makes some sense, because programmers tend to have their own signature when creating programs. They'll leave something behind that lets people know who designed it. Just look in a bunch of the old Atari and Intellivision games.
AGAIN, QUANTISTIC THEORY.
As for the Sark in the lightcycle thing at the beginning, that IS Sark. In the movie, there is only one Sark. One Tron. One Flynn.
BECAUSE NO ONE NEEDED TO COPY THEM... BUT IT WAS AS MUCH POSSIBLE BACK THEN AS IT'S POSSIBLE NOW.
You hear the MCP talking to Sark about "getting brutal" in the games right after that scene. This implies that that was actually Sark doing all that. Not a copy or anything. I mean, why would it have been a different Sark? Why would they try to confuse people like that? That may be why it wasn't received well when it was first released into theaters. Can you imagine people back then, having even less of a clue about how computers operate than most do now, having to visualize all this going on and try to make sense of it?
I CAN IMAGINE.
When you think of Tron in it's own movie world, it makes sense. It's when you try to apply it to modern day computer networks and concepts when you have a hard time explaining why.
NO. I THINK IT'S NOT SO HARD. AFTER ALL, INTERNET WORKS AS ONE HUGE, DIVORING SYSTEM FILLED WITH PROGRAMS. I THINK IN TRON'S WORLD THE VEHICULAR STRUCTURES CHANGED A LOT, BECAUSE THE SYSTEM BECAME INCREASELY LARGER AND LARGER TIME BY TIME, BUT EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME. KIND OF. THE "COPIES" ISSUE ISN'T HARD ENOUGH TO DIGEST TODAY. I THINK ONE TRON'S COPY LOOKS AND ACTS A LITTLE BIT<