While engaging with the DIGC202 lecture this week and thinking about the dematerialisation of labour, product, money, etc. I couldn’t help but be reminded of that old sci-fi favourite of mine, which I love the way Christopher Robin loves his silly duffer, Winnie the Pooh: James Cameron’s Dark Angel.
The show is semi-apocalyptic dystopian, taking place after “The Pulse” – a massive terrorist electromagnetic strike which took out all computers in the US at once and effectively destroyed the electronic economy. Just going by what this class has taught me so far, it seems like that would have to be a REALLY, non-existantly, powerful blast to actually collapse the entire system, however, it is interesting to ponder the implications of an economy, and even society, which is becoming increasingly dematerialised and liquefied. Much of this does, after all, mean that we are putting an awful lot of faith into the IDEA of money, and the IDEA of goods or services, rather than actually purchasing solid, tangible items with solid, tangible currency.
Not that those things weren’t half constructs before the digital age came along anyway.
Whether this dematerialisation is a good or a bad thing, I think, is up for discussion. Feel free to leave your two cents in the comments below.