Or conversational tone.
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Things my brother says.
I don’t think he knows how forgetting works.
Or conversational tone.
People are willing to write deep theory about shaping of identity through social media and virtual realms like Second Life, or talk about the Singularity and the possibilities inherent therein when we give ourselves over to cybernetic or digital existence, but they STILL can’t acknowledge that existence TODAY is multifaceted and there is no singular experience. Oh sure, they talk about the richness of life in passing, maybe in the foreword to their theory, but no one talks about how far we socially and globally are from a common experience. There are people (and plenty of them) in this world who make their homes from scraps and who might treat a broken limb by tying it to a stick. Meanwhile other people are talking about iPhones as a digital extension of the self and having cybernetic enhancements. I appreciate the theory and I think it’s important because it is becoming relevant, but it’s so flattened and whitewashed. How can you talk about richness of identity formation but not acknowledge any gender outside of male and female, or even acknowledge that bisexuality is an actual thing? Who is writing this theory who has the gall to talk about identity in the future when they have no grasp on it in the present?
Even if you could pave over every discussion of identity, the countries that might have the most access to a future like Ray Kurzweil predicts a minority in the world and are completely dependent on poorer countries. The world can’t even function smoothly with the discrepancies there are now. The world is constantly in turmoil and things are shifting. Just because much of the white, English-speaking world has a strong position on top of everyone doesn’t mean we’re in any position to disconnect from everyone else. If Utopia is a deeply flawed idea, one that only favors a select group is even more flawed and unsustainable.
Keep having these discussions because it’s relevant, and it’s now, but when you people sit around talking about your brains being in computers soon or uploading information to your brain from disks, just remember that it takes more than just the technology to make that happen.
As a side note, I just realized that I posted this only a day after posting Jillian Mayer’s Postmodem. That actually wasn’t the jump off point for this at all, but looking at a feminist writer’s sources for a discussion about transhumanism and just feeling completely un-wowed to bored. Granted, this is a person who also just said Jennifer Lawrence is her new idol, so make of that what you will. Jillian’s work doesn’t dive headlong into deep theory about transhumanism nor is it done with any overarching sense of urgency or optimism. It’s more of a humorous look at the subject from the perspective of a generation riding the crest of the wave: she is in the wave and addressing it as what is now, but there is a skepticism about it and a consciousness of the dissonance occurring.