I'll be the judge of that.

Tag Archives: philosophy

Who Matters? Watching Westworld with Philip K. Dick and Jean-Luc Picard

This article originally appeared at Splice Today. HBO’s new series Westworld begins with a clever narrative twist. We’re shown a handsome man named Teddy (James Marsden) on a train as he approaches a wild west theme park populated by androids. We follow him after his arrival, and he is cautious of his harum-scarum surroundings as he navigates the coincidences and […]

Watching A Most Violent Year and Selma with Hannah Arendt

In her celebrated long essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt reimagined the role of violence in political society. Like Freud did with his negative relationship between neurosis and perversion, Arendt inverted a commonplace similarity to assert that contrary to how things may seem, violence and power are not the same. In fact, “power and violence are […]

On Black Mirror, Stephen Hawking and the Future Freaking Us Out

The sci-fi lite anthology series Black Mirror has come to be characterized primarily by its paranoiac treatment of the ever-impending near future, particularly focusing on the accelerating technologicalization of our everyday existence. Whether it be the insular hamster wheel of the office cubicle and the severely diminishing returns of “reality” based entertainment, or our tenacious […]