When Buttons Detatch…


… the consequences can be life-threatening. Take, for example, the emergency button on the inside of a supermarket’s walk-in freezer. If that were to fall off, become detatched from its wire, then it would surely mean a frigid death for the fridge’s inhabitants. Such is our reliance on the button, the physical trace of humankind’s encasement in the symbolic. Turn your car’s steering wheel: you are no longer turning the car’s wheels, it is merely the symbolic residue of formerly real kinesis. In the nineteenth century, such was the concern that one might be mistakenly buried alive, that graves were fitted with bells that could be pulled from the within the coffin. How much faith could we have in a modern, electronically activated equivalent? What if the button detatched?

P.S. I survived

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