I, Cyborg

"Cyborg Anthropologist" Amber Case Attempts to Bring Our Digital Life and Reality Together at Last


Get some cybernetic implants, THEN you can call yourself a cyborg. Until then, find another term, because using a computer or a smartphone doesn't make one a cyborg. Who am I? A "STFU-ologist."
from Donna Haraway's classic 1991 essay, "A Cyborg Manifesto" -

A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction. The international women's movements have constructed 'women's experience', as well as uncovered or discovered this crucial collective object. This experience is a fiction and fact of the most crucial, political kind. Liberation rests on the construction of the consciousness, the imaginative apprehension, of oppression, and so of possibility. The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience that changes what counts as women's experience in the late twentieth century. This is a struggle over life and death, but the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion.
Yeah, still not buying it.
I pray my iPhone never whispers to me, "Come with me if you want to live."
No, that'll be the Droid. All the Apple stuff will be on the other team.
"Here's Portland, here are the quadrants," drawing a diagram on the board, "and when your phone gets in one of these quadrants you should get a text, like, 'You're in Southeast Portland,' or 'You're in Northeast Portland,' " Yeah, totally. Or you could just look up at the fucking street sign that tells you that. All manhole covers should be removed from the streets for a week so the twitterpated who never look up from their fetish objects can be thinned from the herd.
I love that Matt contemplated the narcissism of the in-time development and expression of a second self. When is it narcissism and when is it public self-contemplation?
I think it parallels adolescence.
Case and Parecki may be very interested in the following paper by David Kirsh (2001): "The Context of Work", Human-Computer Interaction, 16, 305-322. PDF available at: adrenaline.ucsd.edu/kirsh/articles/HCI/con…

Interesting paper exploring various themes such as the significance of digital material anchors and their use in reducing metacognitive burden in the workplace, as approached from a Distributed Cognition perspective.
Hal?What are you doing Hal?