Machines, the Human Body, and Technophobia in Hollywood Science Fiction
Gender in the Movies of Zeki Demirkubuz
March , 2012
March , 2012
Primary Language tr
Subjects Art
Journal Section Features

Author: Toygar Sinan BAYKAN (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Dates Publication Date : April 28, 2019


This study focuses on images of the technological/bio-technological relationship between the human body and machines as a form of technophobia in Hollywood science fiction. It underlines the imagined antagonism between humans and their technological counterparts as the main technophobic element. Nevertheless, after a generation of simulation-oriented science fiction, particularly through the example of Surrogates, this study argues that technophobia has become the fear held by humans of the dangers imposed by the perfection of the control mechanisms of technological/bio-technological beings. The study also describes the social and governmental transformations that correspond to this change in the nature of technophobia. Methodologically, the popular science fiction movies discussed in the study are neither examined as self-sufficient realities nor evaluated as simple reflections of social and political transformations. In conclusion, despite the change in technophobia, the study evaluates the sanctity of the human body as a resilient feature of Hollywood science fiction. It is also argues that this situation implies that the central position of humanity in the universe will deteriorate further as bio-technological development continues.

Technophobia, instrumental reason, biopolitics, governmentality, body, machine, simulation, automat, cybernetics, discipline, control, cynicism