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Technology and the Good Life?$
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Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001

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The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things

The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things

(p.153) Eight The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things
Technology and the Good Life?

Phillip R. Fndozzi

University of Chicago Press

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

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