Prometheus by the Bay: Hollywood and tech capitalism in Silicon Valley

Joe Street*, Russ Hunter

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A sequence of recent science-fiction films set in the San Francisco Bay Area suggests that Silicon Valley corporations have become a major concern for Hollywood. These films present Silicon Valley capitalism in thrall to a technological experimentation that prompts disastrous outcomes, which the films collectively argue emerges from the corporations' drive for profit and ignorance of the precautionary principle. Yet Hollywood's response to Silicon Valley involves the valorizing of a kinder, less rapacious capitalism than that of Silicon Valley, a position that prevents a thorough critique of a major challenger to its position within our culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Popular Culture
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


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