Money is a very important tool to make a big difference in people's life. It is positive or negative depending on the values.
I, myself, don't like to see a film on Friday night and then forget it by the next day.
Of course, the way writers think about those things is almost certain to be affected by their own cultural background, and it would be hard to deny that, for whatever reasons, a lot of SF writers come from Anglo or European backgrounds.
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