another take on contemporary technology by a grumpy Frenchman…

The Betrayal by Technology from Hive 2.0 on Vimeo.

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  1. Thanks Seth for putting this up.
    Ellul was an influential , more mainstream philosopher of technology. Interesting that he hardly gets a mention in Stiegler’s situating of his project in the start of TT1 we have been looking at. His Christian humanism puts him fairly and squarely in a position contrasting to Stiegler’s insistence on thinking technics at the heart of philosophy, culture etc: instead, like Hottois (a Belgian ‘follower’ of Ellul) there is an oppositionality between technology/technologists and critique, judgment, cultural maintenance that he associates as most human (the talk of human freedom in the film).

    Still, Stiegler’s more activist work adopts a diagnosis of contemporary sociiety that has alot of parallels with Ellul’s in this film ( the speed of change, a massification (what BS terms more disindividuation) masquerading as individualism, the loss of critical intervention in the cultural program, etc).

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