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In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia

Dominic Pettman

in Love and Other Technologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226689
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226689.003.0004
In the Artificial Gardens of             Eden-Olympia

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Examination of J.G. Ballard's Super–Cannes locates the modern state of “whateverbeing” with respect to the emotional detachment and autocratic administration proposed by the new form of the highest social class, the elites. The two parts of the business park, namely Eden and Olympia, serve as the origin of the chapter's analysis. Included in Eden–Olympia is the “detraditionalization” or the fragmentation or modification of norms, especially in the fields of politics, ethics, culture, technology, and love, and their relationship to the members of the community. Due to the authority and power of the mentioned ruling class in the market, the masses or workers have to go beyond their limits up until the boundaries set forth by God.

Keywords: J.G. Ballard; whateverbeing; elites; Eden–Olympia; detraditionalization; technology; love; community

Chapter.  5277 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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