The Symbiosis of Man and Machine
A Theory of Techno-Possession
At the turn of the twentieth century, the creation of cinema has projected a new technological vision of the world into our human minds. Today, the impact of this technology has molded the shape of future generations under its influence, and as this visual technology has grown so too have the physical and physiological effects become increasingly visible upon both ourselves and our environment.
We are possessed by technology, and In this article, I investigate the technological evolution of possession in contemporary culture theorizing to the potential cultural effects of this phenomenon. In order to determine how the effects of this form of possession could manifest I use the medium of cinema itself to provide visual examples of technological possession.
Cinematic films touch upon many relevant issues surrounding identity, phenomenology, and ontology that we face when confronted by ‘the magical properties of new technology’. The questioning of these issues is the basis of my theory. This is what I will henceforth describe as “Techno-Possession”.