Home is wherever your cell phone is. These words belonging to DJ Spooky have stayed and resonated with me for the past week. They forced me to consider more deeply and more thoughtfully than ever before, the ways in which human beings have become so grossly invested and obsessed with technology. We live it, breathe it, can no longer accomplish basic tasks without it. My questions: When did this happen? How did this happen? What are the inevitable consequences of allowing ourselves to become so vulnerable, and reliable on system of machines and codes?
That being said, I have chosen to remix James Patterson’s critically acclaimed science-fiction novel, Zoo. To establish a relevant connection between my questions and his book, it is necessary that you as the future viewer understand the overall message Patterson shares. Below is a brief summary of the plot. (Partial credit given to jamespatterson.com/books_zoo.php#.U0tkKP0SDnY)
“All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. As time on the clock quickly counts down, it seems that Oz’ ancient theory-which served as the ongoing joke that would cost him his credibility, making him the laughingstock of the biological world-might be the one solution capable of saving the world.”
Oz’ theory is that humans heavily increased use of technology, primarily cellphones, has created a chemical in-balance amongst animals causing them to violently react toward humans. Is he correct?