Facebook as Cronenbergs New Flesh
Ganz toller Artikel auf der wieder auferstandenen Online-Variante des Omni-Magazins von Nathan Jurgenson über Technologie und Social Media als die fleischgewordene Real-Life-Umsetzung von Cronenbergs New Flesh und seinem Film „Videodrome“. Tatsächlich sehr plausibel:
Videodrome is the best movie ever made about Facebook. […] I’m proposing that Videodrome offers a long-needed correction to how we collectively view, and talk about, technology. As the anti-Matrix, Videodrome understood that media is not some separate space, but something which burrows into mind and flesh. The present has a funny habit of catching up with David Cronenberg.
Videodrome’s depiction of techno-body synthesis is, to be sure, intense; Cronenberg has the unusual talent of making violent, disgusting, and erotic things seem even more so. The technology is veiny and lubed. It breaths and moans; after watching the film, I want to cut my phone open just to see if it will bleed. Fittingly, the film was originally titled “Network of Blood,” which is precisely how we should understand social media, as a technology not just of wires and circuits, but of bodies and politics. There’s nothing anti-human about technology: the smartphone that you rub and take to bed is a technology of flesh. Information penetrates the body in increasingly more intimate ways.