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  • People keep getting disturbed by the juxtaposition of "violence" with sex, but think about it. This isn't Hostel.

    There isn't really any violence directly between human beings.

    The violence by human beings against human beings is mediated through automobiles.

    Many of the interactions between human beings are mediated by cars, or take place in cars.

    This isn't really a film about violence and sex, but about technology and how it's affecting how we communicate.

    Take this screwed up thread. What the anonymity of the internet does to human interactions is well-documented, in literature and here in this post.

    The internet didn't exist at the time the novel was written, but Ballard was sensitive to the sliding nature of human interaction as a result of technology, and cars were a suitable means for communicating his ideas.

    ~Crash (1996)


    January 3, 2010