Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies by Tama Leaver

By Tama Leaver

Artificial Culture is an exam of the articulation, development, and illustration of "the synthetic" in modern renowned cultural texts, specifically technology fiction motion pictures and novels. The e-book argues that at the present time we are living in a man-made tradition end result of the deep and inextricable dating among humans, bodies, and know-how at huge. whereas the bogus is usually imagined as open air of the ordinary order and therefore additionally past the area of humanity, ironically, synthetic innovations are concurrently produced and built by way of human principles and hard work. the synthetic can therefore act as a boundary element opposed to which we as a tradition can degree what it potential to be human. technological know-how fiction function movies and novels, and different comparable media, usually and provocatively install rules of the factitious in methods which the traces among humans, bodies, areas and tradition extra generally blur and, now and then, dissolve.

Building at the wealthy foundational paintings at the figures of the cyborg and posthuman, this publication situates the synthetic in comparable phrases, yet from a however quite diversified standpoint. After interpreting rules of the synthetic as deployed in movie, novels and different electronic contexts, this research concludes that we're now a part of a man-made tradition entailing a matrix which, instead of isolating minds and our bodies, or humanity and the electronic, reinforces the symbiotic connection among identities, our bodies, and technologies.

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