A Cyborg Manifesto Essay

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In Donna Haraway’s essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century” it is an effort to establish a political point of view on Feminism which an ironic political myth which is authentic to feminism, socialism, and materialism. Her motive is to build a structure that is faithful to feminism and socialism, “To build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism and materialism.”(p.149) Haraway develops her ironic myth by hypothesising with the idea of cyborg. What is cyborg? Haraway intellectualises cyborg as, “A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.”(p.149). Based on this we can say that…show more content…
Posthumanism portrays technology as an "other" to be embraced, and like mentioned earlier, consequently has lost sight of the basic realities of human/technological boundary. Technology becomes or act as a supreme authority or a superior model of information processing to which humans desire. Furthermore, Posthumanism communicates to mind-body dualisms by conceptualising identity and the use of technologies for further enhancement the human body and mind and in order for us to embrace the technology without any suffering the technology embrace us. For better understanding into this matter Kathryn Hales illuminates this matter by saying, “configure human being so that it can be seamlessly connected with intelligent machines” (Lesson 10). In Posthumanism technology controls or grants control over certain areas of mind and body but there is a problem when technology drives the mind and control, technology disrupts the natural flow of brain cells and its function and eventually taking control and halting the natural process of human brain. With technology embedded into the body, it acts as a second brain and plays a key role in decision making although it is nowhere as sophisticated as a human brain but none the less very effective. Stelarc states that “information explosion is indicative of an evolutionary dead end” (Stelarc, pg. 229) In other words, because of the immense
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