The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age (MIT Press)

The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age (MIT Press)


In this witty, far-reaching, and completely unique paintings, Allucquère Rosanne Stone examines the myriad methods glossy know-how is hard conventional notions of gender identity.Face-to-face conferences, or even cell conversations, involuntarily exhibit the most important facets of id resembling gender, age, and race. even if, those bits of id are thoroughly masked via computer-mediated communications; all that's published is what we elect to bare -- after which provided that we elect to inform the reality. the increase of computer-mediated communications is giving humans the potential to aim on substitute personae -- in a feeling, to reinvent themselves -- which, as Stone compellingly argues, has either confident and almost certainly damaging implications.

Not a conventional textual content yet particularly a sequence of highbrow provocations, the booklet strikes among interesting bills of the trendy interface of expertise and hope: from busy cyberlabs to the digital solitude of the web, from telephone intercourse to "virtual cross-dressers," and from the trial of a guy accused of getting raped a lady by means of seducing considered one of her a number of personalities to the Vampire Lestat.Throughout, Stone wrestles with the query of ways most sensible to show a posh description of a tradition whose leader task is advanced description. Writing eloquently of making a "text that breaks rules," serving as a "sampler of attainable choices," she employs components from a variety of disciplines and genres, together with cultural and important idea, social sciences, pulp journalism, technological know-how fiction, and private memoirs.

Each bankruptcy of the e-book could be learn as one of those functionality piece, with its personal person voice and constitution. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Stone threads some of the narratives jointly, conserving them in effective rigidity instead of trying to cave in them right into a unmarried unifying assertion: a approach that top displays the pressured, ambiguous, and occasionally contradictory country of gender relatives on the shut of the mechanical age.

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