Film: The Betrayal by Technology. A Portrait of Philosopher Jacques Ellul

Jan van Boeckel

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Abstract

"Technology forces us to go faster and faster. One does not know where one goes. The only thing that matters is the speed." French philosopher Jacques Ellul has analyzed modern Western society on basis of the premise that technology has become an autonomous, all-determining factor. In 1950, Ellul finished his manuscript La Technique ou l'enjeu du siècle (The Technological Society), his seminal analysis of the way technology shapes every aspect of society. As contemporary thinker, he was strongly influenced by Kierkegaard, Marx and Barth. After a life, in which he wrote close to fifty books, Ellul died in the summer of 1994, at the age of 82. The team of ReRun Produkties visited Ellul in 1990. During five subsequent days, long interview sessions were held with him in his old mansion in Pessac. The Betrayal by Technology is one of the very few existing filmed recordings of Jacques Ellul speaking. 1992, 54 minutes, French, Dutch, English www.rerunproducties.nl
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1992
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

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