Thomas Frentz and Janice Hocker Rushing’s “The Frankenstein Myth in Contemporary Cinema,” examines the technological dystopias portrayed in Hollywood movies throughout recent years. Movies such as the Terminator, Blade Runner and Rocky are highlighted in the reading as films, which fit this bill.
“Rocky IV, beneath its ideological transparencies, suggests that people have extended themselves through and become dependent upon their tools to act for them and that technology is making over the human agent (p.66).”
This passage by Frentz and Rushing speaks to the danger society is facing with their dependence on technology. We as humans, if we continue to rely on technology to advance through our days, we will eventually be inferior to technology as we will succumb to its power and become co-dependent.
Frentz and Rushing further elaborate on the dangers of a technologically dependent society when speaking about the movie Blade Runner.
“In Blade Runner, the question of who is in control, the humans or their agencies, has arrived at a perilous point (p.68).”
The authors go on to say, “Technology is no longer in the scene, it is the scene (p.68).”
These excerpts further elaborate on the point that was made regarding the Rocky film, now going as far to say that technology has surpassed the power of human, the creator and has is now the agent in control.
I, like other classmates had an extremely difficult time in understanding the concept of femininity and where at all it tied into this overarching concept of a dystopia and the dangers of technology. Speaking honestly, I had a very difficult time comprehending this reading assignment and had to read through certain passages numerous times to try to grasp as much of it as I could
- What would the authors have to say about technology in 2012? Has it grown closer to what we see in these movies?
- How does this reading relate to prior class discussions regarding technology as a part of our bodies?
- Moving forward, is it possible for technology to evolve on its own?