Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Work Title: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Medium: Film
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Year: 2003
Writer(s): James Cameron
"Original" Writer: Yes Writer(s): Gale Anne Hurd
"Original" Writer: Yes Writer(s): John D. Brancato
"Original" Writer: Yes Writer(s): Michael Ferris
"Original" Writer: Yes Writer(s): Tedi Sarafian
"Original" Writer: Yes Own work?: No


from imdb.com John Conner, now an adult, in fear of the events that took place at a young age, lives off the grid--no phone, no job, no credit cards. After failing twice, SkyNet sends their most advanced machine to date, the T-X or Terminatrix, to not only kill John, but his future wife as well. Once again, a Terminator is sent to protect John and his future wife, and has a small upgrade which allows it to mimick humans more. Not knowing how these terminators were sent, considering he thought he destroyed SkyNet, John will soon learn something that will change his life...forever. Summary written by Hayden

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Era/Year of Portrayal: present_day

Distinctive characteristics of the world in portrayal:

Present Day 2003


  • Name of portrayed presence-evoking technology: T-X
  • Description of the technology: T-X is the newest generation of Terminators. She appears as a female human, but is really a metal skeleton covered by liqid metal. She become any shape and shoot like a gun. If she touches a human she can uncannily simulate he or she. She can tell identity by tasting a person's blood. She is a killing machine, designed to kill targets and all other cybernetic machines. She looks very human like, can imitate humans, but lacks a human personality. She can only kill.
  • Nature of task or activity: Generally, people are running from her or she is killing them.
  • Performance of the Technology: The T-X works very well.
  • Description of creator(s): unknown
  • Major goal(s) of creator(s): to kill and engage in wars.
  • Description of users of technology: male and females of all ages interact with her, although most people in this movie are White. The protaganists of the movie are a white male/female couple in their 20's.
  • Type(s) of presence experience in the portrayal: social_presence
  • Description of presence experience: it is terrifying. she will kill anyone. she is merciless and intent on her mission.
  • User awareness of technology during experience: the protaganists are aware, but others are not.
  • Valence of experience: unpleasant - she is trying to kill them.
  • Specific responses: The people gain information about the future form the presence experience. Relationships are intensified due to the chaotic and frightening nature of the interaction.
Long-term consequences:

The terminators are destroyed. While unable to halt the rise of the machines and judgement day, John Conner has met and become his fate. It is a bittersweet ending.


Coder name: Amanda Scheiner
Coder email: amandags@temple.edu
Coder affiliation: Temple University