INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND
I hope that these updated myths grant us a moment of detachment, a bitter-sweet pause, wherein we ponder how we got to where we are... Then we can reflect on our "condition" or what the German playwright Bertolt Brecht described as "the terror of our unceasing transformation." Perhaps in our laughter and story telling we can begin to wonder about where we're going next.
Please realize that this is an imperfect text which is used as a guide to my oral presentation. Let me beg your indulgence as I attempt to illustrate how older tales might be updated for our times.
Wow, this is some kind of segue to a joke!
PROMETHEUS AND PENELOPE
He reveals a little known secret, "When I went up to Olympus, I had so little time. I grabbed the biggest and the brightest--FIRE! But, there is more. Go back Penelope and find the rest."
Penelope returns to the fated place and there surveys small objects, seemingly alive, staring out of the darkness with tiny red blinking eyes (or lamps). She returns, bringing with her these small black energy "rocks." Later they would be called "computer chips." Again, the Gods are angry at the intrusion. Zeus tells Penelope, "Humans are not ready for this tool. They do not yet possess the capacity for all the bits and bytes of information, which flow endlessly from these chips. You are to be banished to Cyberspace."
The cycle of technology and pain repeats itself. Penelope is condemned to wander endlessly in the giant emptiness of cyberspace. Each time she calls out for help, she is greeted by a repeating voice-mail message:
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