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Dominic Pettman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226689

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226689.001.0001

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In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia

In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia

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(p.70) Three In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia
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Love and Other Technologies
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Dominic Pettman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226689.003.0004

Examination of J.G. Ballard's Super–Cannes locates the modern state of “whateverbeing” with respect to the emotional detachment and autocratic administration proposed by the new form of the highest social class, the elites. The two parts of the business park, namely Eden and Olympia, serve as the origin of the chapter's analysis. Included in Eden–Olympia is the “detraditionalization” or the fragmentation or modification of norms, especially in the fields of politics, ethics, culture, technology, and love, and their relationship to the members of the community. Due to the authority and power of the mentioned ruling class in the market, the masses or workers have to go beyond their limits up until the boundaries set forth by God.

Keywords:   J.G. Ballard, whateverbeing, elites, Eden–Olympia, detraditionalization, technology, love, community

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