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Chapter 1: The Emerging Story Of The Machine - Pg. 1

1 The Emerging Story of the Machine Philip D. Carter Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand Chapter 1 ABSTRACT In this paper, the author is concerned with "stories" society makes about "the machine". A story that holds consensual elements is of great interest if one accepts the premise that story in itself has a strong influence on what we seek to create. Given that many popular stories present nightmare scenarios, a self-fulfilling prophesy would not want to be created. The psychodramatic method was used to produce several unscripted enactments of people's feelings, thoughts and experiences concerning the machine. Certain elements of setting, character, metaphor and action were then drawn from the enactments and formed into a story. INTRODUCTION The work described in this paper is concerned with the stories we are making about `the machine'. The premise of the work is that the emergent story which is being consolidated under the gaze of communal interest will be predictive of the actual technology we create in the future. The historical analyses by Lewis Mumford (1966, 1970) offers compelling illustrations of how the DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-465-9.ch001 projected material of the mind, such as in story and ritual, have been the primary provocation and inspiration for our human inventions. The paper begins with a description of Mumford's perspective. This description is embedded within an expression of the spirit of the building momen- tum of our technical inventions, their seductions, and present costs. The paper seeks to respond to Mumford's invitation for us to become much more conscious of the cultural and political forces that cluster around the creation and use of technology. The psychodramatic method of unscripted drama Copyright © 2012, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.