18/05/2012

The man who anticipated the Internet

Isaac Asimov was a Russian writer and biochemical, US citizen, known for being a successful and exceptionally prolific author of science fiction, history and scientific dissemination.

In this interview, conducted years before the advent of the Internet, he talks, with an overwhelming confidence and clarity, about how we will have a computer in every home, about how information will be hung in huge virtual libraries to which anyone will be able to access, about how this will help to democratize education and adjust it to each one’s interests and speed, of how learning will —can— become a pleasure.

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Pero esta terca repetición de una lógica de conceptos y relaciones de ideas no hace sino poner de manifiesto lo ilógico de la situación de los humanos y empieza a dolernos lo que vemos, la ironía nos abofetea y el tinglado queda desvelado. Ya no hay razones para la risa, a partir de ahora veremos todo aquello que se ocultaba debajo de las retóricas explicaciones y que revela el destino del hombre, aquél que no conquistó sus derechos como ciudadano y por eso debe disputar la basura con los cerdos. Jorge Furtado dirigió en 1989 este corto documental utilizando el itinerario que hace un tomate como base para formular una crítica de la miseria humana, haciendo patente la cadena de relaciones que la construyen y la hacen invisible, que la sitúan como una parte lógica del orden social y económico en el que vivimos y que debido a su permanencia en el tiempo ya nos parece esencial y no accidental.The irony appears from the beginning and over a black background and with stark cynicism we can read 'This is not a fiction film', 'There is a place called the Island of Flowers' and 'God does not exist'. The rhetoric continues to parody and laughter is installed with a repetitive sequence of images and concepts that seem be explained to an alien. From tomato to the tower of Babel, from a perfume seller to the global economy, from barter to Capitalism, from Da Vinci to the atomic bomb, everything is rational, explanatory, looking a place for each element and a site for each phenomenon within the apparent human logic, with its highly developed brain and its opposable thumbs. But this stubborn repetition of a logic of concepts and relations of ideas merely highlight the illogic of the situation of human being and what we see begins to hurt, irony slaps us and plot is revealed. There is no more reason for laughter, from now we will see all that is hidden beneath the rhetorical explanations and reveals the destiny of man, a man who did not win their rights as a citizen and therefore should dispute the garbage to pigs. Jorge Furtado directed this short documentary in 1989 using the route that makes a tomato as a basis to formulate a critique of human misery, making clear the chain of relationships that construct and make it invisible, place it as a logical part of the social and economic order in which we live and that because its continuance in time it already seems essential and not accidental." 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