We are all cyborgs – the concept that keeps on giving

Cyborg 2.0

Here is a nice TED video from Amber Case (on twitter too) talking about her passion with cyborg anthropology.

I guess it’s interesting for most audiences but I was hoping for a bit more. I’ll dig around for her work and articles, but in this video I heard . . . →

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Kajira in Second Life and some thoughts on the "I"

Nazz's little kitten

I found this EXCELLENT blog post today in New World Notes titled Night Moves: Why Would a Real Life Woman Want to Be a Second Life Slave? 3 Reasons From 3 Gorean Women. It’s based on interviews taken by Nightflower, who writes on love and relationships in . . . →

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The plastic surgery parallel

I thought this was a good parallel… BTW the essay is done and over with. No more Neuromancer for you (thank God I hear you cry)

(…) the difference between a wanted and an unwanted modification is not as significant as we could initially suppose. “Molly seems to have chosen to have her body prosthetically . . . →

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And on the 6th day he created the cyborg

I was trying to explain to my friend Manolis over the phone that a cyborg becomes part of humanity when it is self-conscious, when it can learn and when it can die.

- So basically the cyborg is human, he asked – That’s what I think – You can’t say that. If the human made . . . →

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The body beautiful

“The body ideals that cosmetic surgery is supposed to help us achieve are, despite their origins in predominantly male fantasies, often internalized, publicized and promoted by women themselves” [1]

I wonder what truth lies in the phrase “predominantly male fantasies”.

Considering plasticized, over-glamorized models, stars and figments of the imagination (like say, Jessica Rabbit) do . . . →

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Technicity as in ethnicity?

I suspect several posts will follow this one as I do my reading for my research essay.

“Traditional expressions of ethnicity are incapable of coming to terms with emergent technosymbolic ‘systems of essential similarity and difference’ that conjoin individuals into groups in cyborg-dominated cultures (…) Characters (..) are the product of a post-industrial culture whose . . . →

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The Technophilic Body

David Tomas in a very interesting essay, taking examples from Johnny Mnemonic and Neuromancer, distinguishes between aesthetic manipulations and functional manipulations of the body. “A technophilic body is the product of various degrees of aesthetic and functional transformations directed to the human body’s surface and functional organic structure” [1]

In Neuromancer the Panther Moderns change . . . →

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Simstim: Just a meat toy.

Neuromancer hardly needs an introduction. Nevertheless if you need one there are some useful links at the end of this post.

I was surprised when I was asked to read it for a session of my Narratives of the Body course. At best it is a difficult book to go through, Gibson’s style being still . . . →

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Desire as determined by pop culture?

For Featherstone this is “a world in which individuals are made to become emotionally vulnerable, constantly monitoring themselves for bodily imperfections which could no longer be regarded as natural.” [Mike Featherstone, ‘The Body in Consumer Culture’, in Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth, Bryan S. Turner, eds., The Body – Social Process and Cultural Theory (London: Sage, . . . →

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The desiring body

I am cornered. (I started with the intention of writing “I am concerned” but my fingers typed “cornered” and it sounds just about right.)

I am contemplating the desiring body and I need to use two examples. I am between Middlesex (Eugenides) and The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall) OR Wings of Desire (Wenders) and . . . →

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