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You pose a really good question, and though I’ve tried to think of answer, instead, I keep coming back to your statement that, “As we develop technologies to establish control, we find ourselves developing technologies to control our increasingly complex technologies.” This is a doozy of an idea, and it makes me think specifically about Apple and its continuous progression of the iPhone, per the Bogost article we read this week. In relation to your quote, I was thinking about the production of the iPhone (and other products) which is based on this same idea of the increasingly complex technologies that require even more technologies to control them. Phones are not intended to last more than a couple of years, which contributes to the incessant production of “updates” and “new” forms that don’t really provide anything but the space for future updates and forms, in that “limitless pattern of development and change” that you point out. Further, the lack of permanence of the phone also necessitates technologies for troubleshooting issues or repairing damage, dragging us deeper into that “infinite dissatisfaction.”

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