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 well known cultural texts, specially technology fiction movies and novels. The booklet argues that this present day we are living in a man-made tradition as a result deep and inextricable dating among humans, bodies, and know-how at huge. whereas the unreal is frequently imagined as open air of the typical order and therefore additionally past the area of humanity, sarcastically, man made recommendations are at the same time produced and built through human principles and hard work. the bogus can hence act as a boundary element opposed to which we as a tradition can degree what it capacity to be human. technological know-how fiction function motion pictures and novels, and different similar media, usually and provocatively installation principles of the unreal in methods which the traces among humans, bodies, areas and tradition extra largely blur and, from time to time, dissolve.

Building at the wealthy foundational paintings at the figures of the cyborg and posthuman, this ebook situates the synthetic in related phrases, yet from a however exceptionally various perspective. After reading principles of the unreal as deployed in movie, novels and different electronic contexts, this examine concludes that we're now a part of a synthetic 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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