WALL · E on the Problem of Technology

  title={WALL · E on the Problem of Technology},
  author={Sean Mattie},
  journal={Perspectives on Political Science},
  pages={12 - 20}
  • Sean Mattie
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Art
  • Perspectives on Political Science
Abstract The Pixar film WALL · E vividly imagines Francis Bacon's ambition for technology to relieve humanity of all the inconveniences of life, shows how such a utopian system presents the “problem of technology,” and dramatizes the struggle to make technology comply with distinctly human ends. Literally and symbolically, the story turns on human beings’ discovering the truth about themselves, rising up to depose the despotic, impersonal technology that controls them, and returning to Earth to… 

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