• In terms of technocultural criticism, there’s nothing too deep here, but it still may be of interest as a piece that does not deal explicitly with technology but can certainly give rise to some thoughts about the interplay of technology and human interaction. The Imperial Colonel (by Franz Kafka, trans. Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins) One […]

  • Thumbnail Edward Hopper’s painting, based on Ernest Hemingway’s superb short story (probably the best thing I read in the class in which it was assigned last semester, when I first read it), makes a compelling visual statement about how the influx of electricity into people’s everyday lives has changed their fabric. Here we see a new type […]

  • Thumbnail “Art is the expression of feeling. The artist is distinguished from the non-artist by the fact that he can also express what he feels. He can do so in a variety of forms. Some by images; others by sound; still others by marble—or also in historical forms. The statesman is an artist, too. The people are […]

  • What I find ironic about the first/left clock is that it depicts, with a mind to adorning the clock and making a more attractive product of it, a romantic pastoral scene, when God knows that time is never an enemy quite so much as when one is in the middle of precisely such a scene […]

  • Haha, great find! Great discussion, too. What starts so (seemingly) innocently & joyously in turns out to be very disturbing. Obviously, your post points ahed to Ubik, which expresses this shifting of appearances so powerfully, what with all the modern technology, designed to be perfectly & consistently functional, serving (in half life) spoiled…[Read more]

  • jacekbelc commented on the blog post The Flow of Time 7 years, 7 months ago

    Wow. Amazing post. Thank you!

    Props also for referencing Monte Cristo… one helluva novel, that one.

  • “I think that this is an important idea of new technologies—they are taking the place of whatever came before it, and though that is often to better our quality of life or make things easier for us, it also destroys the livelihoods of those who worked in what ever came before, and just in general […]

  • Thumbnail This is a picture of a 17th-century Italian clock. What is instantly striking, of course, is how beautiful and intricate the thing is. Though one cannot tell the size of the clock from the picture, the care that must have been put into its making is evident. The numbers are carefully engraved, in Roman numeral […]

  • Thumbnail “The whole is the false.” —Theodor Adorno, from Minima Moralia (29) “In the most general sense of progressive thought, the Enlightenment has always aimed at liberating men from fear and establishing their sovereignty. Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant.” —Max Horkheimer & Theodor Adorno, from The Dialectic of Enlightenment (3) “Enlightenment, according to Kant, is ‘… […]

  • The function of Crusoe’s diary, it seems, is not to anatomize the self, but rather to keep track of it in the modern fashion that Riesman describes: “The diary-keeping that is so significant a symptom of the new type of character may be viewed as an inner time-and-motion study by which the individual records and […]

  • Jacek Bełc English 399W Professor Frederick Buell 26 September 2010 A Dangerous Strength One definition of technology is any object, or method involving objects, that serves as a catalyst for the assertion of power. The Internet, to use the most modern example, has claimed control of the realm of information, what with its immense abundance […]