n Mousaion - Remediation : understanding new media, J.D. Bolter and R. Grusin : book review

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



In this book Hayles examines in a very competent way the fate of embodiment in the information age. She indicates how we can keep disembodiment from being written once again into dominant concepts of subjectivity. Despite 'the lust for information' in our age, she makes out a strong case that bodies do still matter. This book matters now 'when serious commitment to an embodied life world full of fleshly, mortal beings seems to be, at least ideologically, an endangered species' (Donna Haraway). 'The central event of the twentieth century is the overthrow of matter' (Quote by Hayles from Toffler, ). She explicitly argues 'that the human being is first of all embodied being, and the complexities of this embodiment mean that human awareness unfolds in ways very different from those of intelligence embodied in cybernetic machines' (283-4).

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