Q/A Victoria Sin

How does technology change reality?
 Photo: Bernice Mulenga

“Lots of the technologies we use every day don’t fit the imaginary we conjure up when we hear the word technology in relation to the future. Science fiction is a technology, gender is a technology, language is a technology. The capacity of language to shape thought is well-explored territory in science fiction. In Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed (1974), the inhabitants of the anarcho-syndicalist society of Anarres speak Pravic, a language that doesn’t use the possessive case in order to discourage feelings of ownership…”

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