Welcome to Transparency

A website that tries to make things clear

by Ken Sanes


Metropolis Robot Replica

Mostly longer essays

Three Visions of the Future:

Type 1: The Future as a Time of Post-Technological Barbarism

Salvaging the Future: Mad Max  Beyond Thunderdome
 - This essay got a lot of positive response from readers.

Type 2:  False Utopias of Technology and Simulation

- Logan's Run
- Brief Takes: The Machine Stops; The City and the Stars; Demolition Man

- Simulation as a Symbol of Regression and Dreams

Type 3: The Future as a Time of Advanced Technological Barbarism

Other essays:

Star Trek and the New Myth of the Machine

Holocaust as Metaphor

A Table of Elements Describing
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Science Fiction

New York New York and MGM Grand in Las Vegas


Faking It: 1992 Boston Globe
Simulation and the Creation of a Human World
Story-Based Simulations

The New Culture War 

1. The Origins of Simulation
        in Nature and History

Nature, Representation and Misrepresentation
Virtual Realities: Then and Now

Theorists of Simulation:
  Daniel Boorstin
  Umberto Eco

2. Inventing Postmodernity

Artificial  Rain Forests: Worlds in a Bottle
Disney's Distorted Mirror: Animal Kingdom 1998
Cities of Simulation: Las Vegas
Cities of Simulation: Disney World
Advertising and the Invention of Postmodernity
Narcissus and Necessity: Why Are We
Creating Virtual Realities?

3. Simulation Confusion

Culture of Deception

4. Bringing Fantasy to Life

A Culture Based on Fantasy and Acting Out
The Mastery of Life
The Emergence of Recreational Evil
Mr. Paybak: Revenge as Entertainment

 5. The Widening Horizon of Action and Perception

The Automated Environment

The Deconstruction of Reality:
Modernism: Surface and Depth
Sherry Turkle: Surface and More Surface

Faustian Society

Addendum: Another Introduction

Stanislaw Lem and the Future of Illusion



Longer Pages

Preface: the History of These Ideas

Society as a Simulation Machine

Symbolic Arenas

Simulation Confusion & the Construction of Reality

Fake Utopias

Artificial Landscapes

Cyber-Hedonism & Recreational Evil

Faustian Society

Progress & Regress; Engulfment & Escape

Simulation and the Self

The Journey This Site Would Take You On



Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis


1. Introduction

 2. The Object-Fixated Personality
3. The Object-Independent Personality
4. Conclusion


The Searchers

Groundhog Day
The Electric Horseman
Dr. Quinn as Moral Fiction

Principles of Media Criticism

More detailed social science essays

Polemical Introduction
The Basic Model
Narrative and Action
The Goals of the Book

I. Image and Action
The Mechanics of Image Construction
A Schematic Model of Image Construction
The Dynamics of Action

II. The Value Orders of Society
Elements of The Order of Values
The Migration of News Images
Ideology, Image Manipulation and News
Being Right: The Hidden Ideology of News

III. A Game Model of Communication
Players and Plays:
     The Elements of a Game Model
Schematics of Action
More on Image
Image and the Unconscious
A Science of Image

IV. News as Narrative
News Form
News Content
Schemas and Stories

V. The Model Applied
This Week With David Brinkley

VI. The Psychodynamics of News
Sadism, Insensitivity, and Grandiosity
Transference and News
Narcissism, Association and Taboo
Psychoanalysis and Exchange Theory

VII. Forms and Reasons
How Discrediting Attacks are Disguised
The Reasons for Action
The Power Structure of Newsrooms

VIII. Conclusion
The Ethical Reporter

1. More on Schemas
2. An Alternative Table of Contents
3. The Nature of Social Interaction:


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