..."We are about to reach a level of consciousness in which the search for deep coherence, explanation, enumeration, narration, and calculation, in short, and historical, scientific, and textually linear thinking is being surpassed by a new, visionary, superficial mode of thinking."
- Vilem Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images
It seems as if Flusser's concept of the global totalitarian apparatus, hypothesized in 1985, has today come to fruition in the form of climate change, the intelligent war machine, the surveillance state, factory automation and the seemingly unavoidable, locked in place, systemic flows which forecast an inevitable and catastrophic end to the Anthropocene.
Can communications technology serve as a vehicle for social change? How does one negotiate the envisioning power of technical images, which unlocks an unprecedented degree of creative agency for humanity, against what appears to be the immanent downwards trajectory of human value through technological progression? Is there a possibility within the dialogical fabric of networked culture to enact a meaningful social restructuring and so push back against the totalitarianism of the apparatus?