Baudrilliard claims that in Crash, the machine is no longer an extension of the body, but rather an extension of death, of a "body confused with technology in its violating and violent dimension (111)." Ballard calls attention to the fact that technology codes all of our actions, that the medium is the message, the medium is unrelenting, the message is violence. Civilization has advanced to the point where we no longer choose to act through technology, the choices have been made for us.

Often in Crash, technology referred to as a new language. There is one instance in the novel, when James is hospitalized following a violent car crash. He claims that, "This obsession with the sexual possibilities of everything around me had been jerked loose from my mind by the crash." Following his crash, he slowly becomes corrupted by the technology that surrounds him. He begins to explore this new language. While in the hospital he begins to describe these bizarre visions of the world around him, like in an encounter with the x-ray technician: "We faced each other in this maze of electronic machinery as if completely de-cerebrated. The languages of invisible eroticisms, of undiscovered sexual acts, lay waiting among this complex of equipment. (p. 40)."

In Crash, technology is never grasped except in the automobile accident, that is to say in the violence done to technology itself and in the violence done to the body (Baudrilliard, 112). Ballard maintains that the only way that we can coexist with technology is through violence. The non-meaning, the savagery, of this mixture of the body and technology is immanent, it is the immediate reversion of one to the other...(Baudrillard, 112). Pleasure (whether perverse or not) is always mediated by a technical apparatus, by a mechanism of real objects but often of phantasms--it always implies an intermediary manipulation of scenes or gadgets(Baudrillard, 116). The automobile is acting a protheses to that unleashes previously unthinkable erotic possibilities.