Crashing

See? It took a while but we got here. At last, new content! In truth, my comeback article for this week was supposed to be a lighthearted look at an outrageous Japanese B movie from the mid 60’s called Frankenstein Conquers The World. But then the earthquake that has recently hit Tokyo put me on the fence about featuring the article… I nearly decided that it still would be a fitting tribute to Japan, to their unique culture and movies, but now there’s the problem with radioactivity and, unfortunately, this was a prominent feature in my pick. I quickly dismissed the article as inappropriate for now.

Instead of choosing another Japanese movie I decided to forget about tributes to avoid any misunderstandings. I will say this: what happened in Japan is absolutely terrible and has been a huge blow for the entire planet. Such punishing tragedies are almost unthinkable; we’re talking about an entire country here, an entire culture that has been stopped in its tracks. It was shocking then to see how a huge of portion of the web world has been following this tragedy with morbid fascination. From companies taking advantage of the situation, celebrities mocking the Japanese to religious zealots claiming they deserved it, humanity has reacted in a pathetic way. Think twice before deciding those people are in the minority.

There’s been much talk against nuclear power as well and its consequences, which are obviously devastating. I believe it’s hypocritical to say this; not when most of us depend so much on power. Cars, computers, TVs, stereos, planes, more technology… Our fast-paced world demands this today. Unless we’re willing to shut down entire industries, we must rely on nuclear power or vast quantities of oil, which in the long run can be just as bad as radiation.

So, the current circumstances made me think quite a bit about the issue of technology and I found myself coming back to J.G. Ballard and his views on the technological landscape. Yes, as if it wasn’t obvious by now, I do like the man. The question perhaps is this: is technology a problem and, if so, what can we do about it? To answer this question, we must first understand our relationship with technology. This was my line of thinking, so I decided to do a little experiment for the first major update in the last four months (yikes): I selected Crash to do a combined writing on the movie and book, exploring their meaning. The resulting text drifted away however and tried to fit the concept of Crash into our modern society, so it’s definitely very experimental for the Slightly Deranged standards. It might be a bunch of nonsense or not, that’s up to you for decide.

Overall, I think the article is a fitting analysis: following the unfortunate and terrible tragedy in Japan, society is struggling to decide what do to about the nuclear power. Hint: nuclear power is not the problem; the demand for it is.

In a less somber mood, the writing is also fitting in a way because this week was David Cronenberg’s birthday. Even thought the adaptation of Ballard’s novel was a hit and miss, we wish David a very (belated) happy birthday. As a bonus, I have uploaded a rare TV short by the BBC not even listed in IMDB, featuring J.G. Ballard himself before the Crash novel was even written. It was filmed in 1971 and it’s a must-see.

Hope you enjoy the read!

9 Responses to “Crashing”

  1. gnome says:

    Humanity can be most disappointing… You on the other hand are not. Thanks for the amazing upload too.

  2. boogie says:

    “earthquake that has recently hit Tokyo”

    Have you actually looked at a map to see which part of Japan was hit? The thing is, Tokyo was virtually untouched.

  3. Agustín says:

    You’re correct. The earthquake happened (if I recall correctly) at about 80 miles from Tokyo. I was rather referring at the consequences of the earthquake that have impacted on Tokyo, but still, thanks for the clarification 🙂

  4. boogie says:

    No, it hit in the sea beside Sendai which is about 220 miles from Toyko. The city of Toyko is unaffected, other than by some raised levels of radiation.

  5. Pontifex says:

    Agustín, I think you’ll be somewhat relieved to know that the girl posting the “religious zealot” videos on Youtube admitted she had been trolling all the while before closing her account. I guess she went too far with the satire…

  6. Agustín says:

    Actually, I’m not sure if it’s worse that she was being fully conscious about it. Not only it’s utter bad taste, her little stunt probably helped to motivate the “real” zealots out there.

  7. Pontifex says:

    Oh I totally agree, unbelievably bad taste, and encouraging for the zealots on either side of the fence.

  8. Cool says:

    Hello,

    I was wondering is there any chance that Asylum might come out on Sony’s NGP system or the PS3 system. I have no idea how hard it is to get games on those systems. But if you could bring your games to PSN that would be really neat.

    Thanks & have a wonderful day.

  9. Agustín says:

    We’re not ruling out that possibility, but it’s difficult indeed. More so, Sony isn’t too kin about having adventures on their consoles… So there’s even the possibility that the game wouldn’t be approved.

    We’re hopeful though and will definitely try 🙂

    Cheers!