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Modern Metropolis
December 4, 2007, 8:29 pm
Filed under: society, technology

Upon entrance to Berlin Hauptbahnhof:
Wow. I feel like I’ve stepped into the well-oiled machine that is Germany. The Berlin main train station is right out of what I imagine the glory days of Metropolis would be like. You know? Like the feel of one of those gigantic fancy stream-lined expresso machines. Maybe it’s just because there was an eerily worn poster of the classic film on the wall in the hostel I just dropped Carmen off at…but I’m surrounded by things that give that sense of technological ‘triumph’: multiple sets of rows of tracks each extending out into different directions and layered on top of each other in a structure too big to seem to have a roof. But, sure enough, looking up through the gaps in the crisscrossing network of escalators, the full glass ceiling shines back, as if from man-made heaven, reassuring us feeble humans that despite the monstrosity of the whole affair, the futurist’s complexity is still neatly packaged, tamed, and manageable, at least in principle. Would Lang be proud or petrified?


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