Something went wrong with encoding, but it looks even weirder this way.
Watching SEL just once is (usually) not enough, and in case you're already prepared for rewatch: right now there is a great opportunity! https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/8nqrbr/official_rewatchschedule_of_the_20_years/
BTW I like very much your definition of a "descent into technophilia"; the word "descent" in particular makes me think of E. A. Poe and his "Descent Into the Maelström" ("A Descent into the technoMaelström"??) and of course Darwin's "A Descent of Man..."
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