Technophilia in “Her,” Spike Jonze new sci-fi romance

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When our love for technology, loves us back.

5 things you cannot live without:

1. cell phone

2. computer

….family, friends, food, water, etcetera.

Spike Jonze’s new movie “Her” is a sci-fi romance about Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a mutual love affair with the new operating system “Samantha” installed on his cell phone and computer (Scarlett Johansson).

“Her” expounds on our age’s obsession with the gadgets that define our lives; our phones and computers operate as phantom limbs and contribute to not only our world-view through instantaneous connectivity but also to identity formation. Through the techy gadgets we are unable to live without, we affirm our own existence with instantaneous status updates, selfie tweets, and social media posts.

In “Her” our love for technology reaches its absurd conclusion upon realizing the touch of your computer will never match the touch of your living and breathing lover. Just like the anarchist fem-bot of Frtiz Lang’s “Metropolis” or the nihilist computer Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Samantha” and smart machines alike are prone to error. However, unlike humans who are allotted larger margins for mistakes, technology was created to be innovative and flawless, and through miscalculations machines dismantle their pedestals of perfection.


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