“...it is possible to speak through media directly into people’s heads and then, like some otherworldly magician, leave images inside that can cause people to do what they might otherwise never have thought to do.”
Excerpt From: Jerry Mander. “Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television.” Apple Books.
Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum, and these machines are eminently portable, mobile—a matter of immense human pain in Detroit and Singapore. People are nowhere near so fluid, being both material and opaque. Cyborgs are ether, quintessence.
No longer structured by the polar- ity of public and private, the cyborg defines a technological polis based partly on a revolution of social relations in the oikos, the household. Nature and culture are reworked; the one can no longer be the resource for appropriation or incorporation by the other. The relationships for forming wholes from parts, including those of polarity and hierarchical domination, are at issue in the cyborg world. Unlike the hopes of Franken- stein’s monster, the cyborg does not expect its father to save it through a restoration of the garden—that is, through the fabri- cation of a heterosexual mate, through its completion in a fin- ished whole, a city and cosmos. The cyborg does not dream of community on the model of the organic family, this time with- out the oedipal project. The cyborg would not recognize the Garden of Eden; it is not made of mud and cannot dream of re- turning to dust.
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