The Android Manifesto: Finding Marx in Westworld

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December 19, 2016
In These Times
by Eileen Jones  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In the wake of Donald Trump's election, the disturbing power of HBO's Westworld makes more sense. There's uncanny force in all those shots of androids waking up again and again, not knowing they're still in a kind of dream. Those false awakenings that disguise persistent states of unconsciousness resonate uncomfortably with our own condition prior to November 8. Blindsided by Trump's victory, it's hard not to shudder when, in the first season finale, one android warns another who's convinced she's finally fully conscious of the horrors of her reality: 'You've 'woken up' many times before.' We're sure our eyes are open now, but how many of us on the Left thought we were already conscious of America's violent rage and political apathy? How many of us believed we were actively sounding the alarm, only to realize how inconsequential our efforts had been?" (12/19/16)  
  • dL

    they woke up and apparently found Putin, not Marx…

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