Friday, February 01, 2013

New Media



#edcMooc presentation #4, New Media is a straight down the line machine overlord dystopia.  In a very close future machines representing an alien power or evolved human technology have taken over, possibly destroying human society.

Whereas the earlier films in this presentation showed a balance between the benefits or impediments that information sharing technology can bring, this very short CGI animation from MOLI, a multi-disciplinary arts group from Buenos Aires comes down firmly on the side of dystopia.

The theme of self aware computer networks rising up to dominate humanity has been a popular one across various sci-fi themed media.  From Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics to the evolution of Skynet in the Terminator series of films, enslavement by technology from without or within has been a common sub-genre of sci-fi.

Running alongside dystopian domination by technology is the genre of dystopian domination by other humans, sometimes aided by technology, sometimes not.  The list of literature in this category contains many world renowned works, 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, Battle Royale, all of these to a greater or lesser degree employ technology as a de-personalising or alienating element.

So far so disturbing then, that's most of the video presentations for week 1 watched, now onto readings about technological determinism, non-reductionist methodology and digital immigration.

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