Google and Neuromancer

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If a Google Employee Dies, Spouse Gets Half of Salary for 10 Years.

Mashable confirmed with a Google spokesperson that the benefits don’t just stop at salary. The surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee will also acquire vested stock benefits, and children will receive $1,000 a month until the age of 19. . . . →

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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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