“Let there be Light”... in Times of Digital Darkness: Visualizing Cyberspace through the Lens of a Contemporary Science Fiction Film

By Kristeen McKee.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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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

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 736.181KB).

Kristeen McKee

Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Huntington University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Kristeen McKee is a Lecturer teaching in the Department of Communication Studies at Huntington University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence at Huntington University. She holds a M.A. in Humanities from Laurentian University and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Human Studies program at Laurentian University. Her primary research interests include visual theory, cultural studies, information technology as well as technology’s role in the pedagogical experience.