Hilton Als on Writing and Race (and “White Girls”, one of THE best books of 2013, or ever).
If you have any doubt as to whether you are posthuman or merely human, take a look at the following parts of your body: the city, the house, the car, the iPhone, the laptop, the iPod, the pillbox, the nonflesh surround. If sixty percent of your body is now electronic or bioelectronic, living in space designed for efficiency, you will need Dada as a corrective…
—Andrei Codrescu, from his book The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess. (via rumirumirumirumi)
If the cyborg dream has any chance of being delivered, maybe we should learn to sleep less peacefully and, sometimes, even with both of our screen-reddened eyes wide open.
Tiziana Terranova, Posthumanism Unbounded (via wa7erbubble8)
Insomniacs as cyborgs…
…we need media systems that are better at helping us see trolls in context, as attention-seeking outliers, which means we need to do a better job of understanding the reality of a world in which the vast majority of Muslims do not see themselves in conflict with Christianity, modernity or the United States. It’s hard for us to see that reality because contemporary media systems are tuned to warn us of the unusual, not to help us understand the everyday.
Humans are not objects to be used by God or a government or corporation or society. Nor we to be “adjusted” or molded into roles —to be only a waiter or a conductor or a mother or worker. We must look deeper than our roles and find ourselves.
The plural of Anecdote is not ‘Data’.
Large Numbers Trumped by Small Stories.