Sex & The Simulacrum

by Caleb Roberts

What are the implications of introducing video into lovemaking?  Any neo-Luddite technophobia must be checked by the unavailability of a logical line that would differentiate video from mirrors or just looking in the enhancement of erotic pleasure.  But discomfort at this mechanization of vision — the fear that sooner or later sex without Sony won’t do it any more, and that this is only a last and hyperbolic instance of a culturally pandemic supplantation of the real by the simulacrum — also recognizes it as a final step in the internalization of the ubiquitous apparatuses of surveillance.  As the most intimate form of autosurveillance, it completes the industrialization of the body, becoming continuous with the total penetration of the spectacle and the corporation, the incorporation of desire itself. (222-223)

David E. James | “Hardcore: Cultural Resistance in the Postmodern” in Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)popular Culture