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By Tama Leaver

Artificial Culture is an exam of the articulation, development, and illustration of "the synthetic" in modern renowned cultural texts, particularly technological know-how fiction movies and novels. The booklet argues that at the present time we are living in a man-made tradition end result of the deep and inextricable courting among humans, bodies, and know-how at huge. whereas the substitute is frequently imagined as outdoor of the usual order and therefore additionally past the area of humanity, ironically, synthetic options are at the same time produced and built by means of human principles and hard work. the substitute can therefore act as a boundary element opposed to which we as a tradition can degree what it capability to be human. technological know-how fiction characteristic movies and novels, and different similar media, often and provocatively installation rules of the unreal in methods which the strains among humans, bodies, areas and tradition extra extensively blur and, from time to time, dissolve.

Building at the wealthy foundational paintings at the figures of the cyborg and posthuman, this ebook situates the factitious in comparable phrases, yet from a however highly diversified point of view. After interpreting principles of the synthetic as deployed in movie, novels and different electronic contexts, this examine concludes that we're now a part of a man-made tradition entailing a matrix which, instead of isolating minds and our bodies, or humanity and the electronic, reinforces the symbiotic connection among identities, our bodies, and technologies.

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