The Internet can be a good force

Steven Spielberg (far left) with Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. Tye Sheridan's character Wade Watts (left) watches as Olivia Cooke's Art3mis prepares to enter the world of virtual reality. Asian Hollywood newcomers Philip Zhao (left) and Win M
Steven Spielberg (above) with Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Kids taking action while adults stand on the sidelines. In 1980s movies such as The Goonies (1985) and E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982), it was a popular theme.

Ernest Cline, 45, author of Ready Player One, the 2011 novel behind the movie of the same name, says that the March For Our Lives protest, organised by the student survivors of the Parkland school shooting in the United States last month, shows how inspiring committed youth can be.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'The Internet can be a good force'. Print Edition | Subscribe