No blog is required this week! On Dec. 7th, we’ll be focusing on cyborgs.
Here are some questions to think about as you read:
1. What is a cyborg? How does the body factor into discussions about cyborgs?
2. Some philosophers and cultural studies scholars have proposed that we are becoming “posthuman” and, in many ways, are moving beyond the body (see humanityplus.org). What do you think?
3. How do present-day cyborgs—and cultural debates about them—compare to the earlier history of body modification in the United States?
- Hari Kunzru, “You Are Cyborg” (interview with Donna Haraway) in Wired (2003) (ER)
- Ted M. Butryn and Matthew A. Masucci, “It’s Not About The Book: A Cyborg Counternarrative of Lance Armstrong,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 27 (2003): 124-144 (ER)
- Leslie Swartz and Brian Watermeyer, “Cyborg Anxiety: Oscar Pistorius and the Boundaries of What It Means to Be Human,” Disability & Society 23, no. 2 (2008): 187-190 (ER)
- Browse New York Times articles on Oscar Pistorius—please bring to class one article that you find interesting or useful (ER)
- Michael Sokolove, “In Pursuit of Doped Excellence,” New York Times (18 January 2004) (ER)
- Jack McCallum, “Steroids in America: The Real Dope,” Sports Illustrated (11 March 2008) (ER)