The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things

Phillip R. Fndozzi

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780226333861
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226333885 | DOI:
The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things

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This chapter points out how art, in particular film, can challenge technology in Borgmann's sense. Films, such as The Conversation, can help us to criticize technology by demonstrating vividly its logic and irony. Other films, such as Babette's Feast and Local Hero can disclose in moving detail Borgmann's focal things and practices. Films such as these may bring us out of the cave of consumption into the light of day. However, the chapter first shows how film, television, and advertisement fuel the device paradigm and keep us chained in the cave, as it were. It distinguishes these kinds of films from the way cinema as mass media can be reduced to a mere device, a source of entertainment and little else. In relation to this, the chapter discusses the development of montage in advertising, television, propaganda, and film.

Keywords: film; art; technology; focal things; device paradigm; montage; advertising; television

Chapter.  5662 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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