11 March 2002

I’m not wild about tech sociologist Sherry Turkle under the best of circumstances, but her Times opinion piece positing Tolkien’s violent imagery as resonant with computer culture is remarkably stupid. Or maybe we read different versions of The Lord Of The Rings? Hers is about “mastery through violence,” whereas the copy on my shelf tells about a problem that is explicitly NOT capable of being solved by violence. (It’s suggested that the forces of good simply send troops to deal with Sauron; that idea is rejected since the forces of good are hopelessly outnumbered.) A truly embarrassing piece of writing.

11 March 2002

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