Technology as Future Other: Exploring the Cinematic Cyborg as a Crossroads of Xenophobia and Technophobia in the Terminator and RoboCop series (1984-2014)

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Technology as Future Other: Exploring the Cinematic Cyborg as a Crossroads of Xenophobia and Technophobia in the Terminator and RoboCop series (1984-2014)

Type: Master thesis
Title: Technology as Future Other: Exploring the Cinematic Cyborg as a Crossroads of Xenophobia and Technophobia in the Terminator and RoboCop series (1984-2014)
Author: Dijkstra, C.A.
Issue Date: 2014-12-24
Keywords: science-fiction
cyborg
technophobia
xenophobia
othering
terminator
robocop
film
representation
Abstract: This thesis examines the cinematic cyborg as a figure which embodies technophobic fears expressed in film. By exploring the cyborg's representation, I will show how its portrayal in film expresses these technophobic fears, which are, as I will show, interwoven with xenophobia. The cyborg is viewed here as a figure in which technophobia and xenophobia collide. I will examine the so-called preferred meaning expressed in my case studies, which are eight films featuring a cyborg protagonist released in a period of three decades. Moreover, I will compare these messages to see if and how the expressions of technophobia differ and whether they change over time.
Supervisor: Minnaard, E.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Media Studies (Master)
Specialisation: MA Media Studies (Comparative Literature and Literary Theory)
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/33831
 

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