Through dichotomous visual representations of lightness and darkness, good and evil, DNA and data, materiality and spirituality, the overarching message presented in TRON: Legacy (2010) is clear: design and destruction are determined by the technology rather than by the guise of human agency.
Much like the Flynns who descend into the game’s circuit, as a junior scholar who is intrigued by the scholarship on visual culture and meaning making, I also enter The Grid to analyze the various visual representations of technology and humanity as both concepts regularly intercept in the 2010 TRON sequel. In addition to being visually stimulating, I suggest that Disney’s TRON: Legacy is a popular visual/cultural artifact which provides intellectual insights and illuminating perspectives on how visual representations of technology can inform and influence our relationship with technology.
|Keywords:||Image-making, Science Fiction, Technology, Technological Determinism, TRON, Visual Representations|
Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Huntington University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada