By Vincent Mosco
The electronic period grants, as did many different technological advancements ahead of it, the transformation of society: with the pc, we will be able to go beyond time, house, and politics-as-usual. within the electronic chic, Vincent Mosco is going past the traditional tales of technological leap forward and fiscal meltdown to discover the myths developed round the new electronic know-how and why we think pressured to think in them. He tells us that what saved enthusiastic traders within the dotcom period bidding up shares even after the crash had began was once no longer willful lack of information of the legislation of economics yet trust within the delusion that our on-line world was once establishing up a brand new world.Myths are usually not simply falsehoods that may be disproved, Mosco issues out, yet tales that elevate us out of the banality of daily life into the opportunity of the chic. He argues that if we take what we all know approximately our on-line world and situate it inside what we all know approximately tradition -- particularly the significant post-Cold conflict myths of the tip of heritage, geography, and politics -- we'll upload to our wisdom approximately the electronic global; we have to see it "with either eyes" -- that's, to appreciate it either culturally and materially.After interpreting the myths of our on-line world and going again in historical past to examine the same mythic pronouncements triggered by means of earlier technological advances -- the phone, the radio, and tv, between others -- Mosco takes us to flooring 0. within the ultimate bankruptcy he considers the dual towers of the realm exchange middle -- our icons of communique, info, and alternate -- and their half within the politics, economics, and myths of our on-line world.
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Along the way, the book describes a pattern in the history of technology: the real power of new technologies does not appear during their mythic period, when they are hailed for their ability to bring world peace, renew communities, or end scarcity, history, geography, or politics; rather, their social impact is greatest when technologies become banal—when they literally (as in the case of electricity) or figuratively withdraw into the woodwork. For example, it was not when electricity was hailed for its ability to light up the streets, end crime, and bring peace and harmony to the world that its power was most profound.
The airplane remains aloft, but the sublime comes crashing down, and Woolf’s ecstatic mechanical phoenix turns into a flying 24 Chapter 2 billboard to banality. ”5 Around the time of Mrs. ” Transcendent virtues were associated with the telegraph, the telephone, and radio. ” Drawing inspiration from Einstein’s view that the harmony of natural law provides “a rapturous amazement,” the scientific sublime fills the void left by established religion with “its own forms of ecstasy” (Powell 2002: 12, 135).
9 But if we were to focus solely on what appears to be little more than a setup for sketch comedy—a poetry professor among the engineers—we would be ignoring what is to be learned by determining why a company like Monsanto takes myths seriously. Admittedly, some of the value is predictably pragmatic. ). But beyond that, myths free executives and engineers, icons of scientific-rational thought, to think in new ways. ” The grand narratives that celebrated the making of the nation state provided one major version of this process in the liminal time that introduced the industrial revolution.