Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing (Studies in by Mark B.N. Hansen

By Mark B.N. Hansen

Critics of up to date tradition have argued that severe concept needs to maintain speed with technological switch and, within the approach, have instituted a theoretical version that restricts attention of technology's influence on human adventure to these dimensions that may be captured in language. during this wide-ranging serious examine of poststructuralism's legacy to modern cultural reports, Mark Hansen demanding situations the hegemony of this version, contending that applied sciences essentially regulate our sensory event and vastly impact what it capacity to stay as embodied human agents.Embodying Technesis examines how technological alterations have rendered out of date notions of know-how as computing device and as textual content. Voicing a sustained plea for rethinking the technological, Hansen argues that radical technological changes--from the steam engine to the net and digital reality--have essentially altered stipulations of conception and, in so doing, replaced the present constructions of recent event. through emphasizing the dynamic interplay among applied sciences and our bodies, among the diffuse results of technological shifts and the collective embodied studies of up to date brokers, Hansen opens the trail for an intensive revision of our realizing of the technological.Mark Hansen is Assistant Professor of English, Princeton college.

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Trans- formed into external reality" for "transcendent/immanent Nature" (77), Latour secures the right, on the one hand, to invoke the "new position" between subjects and things against the Kantian divide and, on the other, to resist efforts by discursive and onto-hermeneutic monists simply to collapse the divide altogether. Ultimately, his position-and the privilege he accords science studies-stands or falls with the broad reciprocity he claims to dis- cover between construction and discovery: according to Latour, when we construct nature in the lab, we do not just bring the real into the sphere of experience; we also submit our experience to its constraints.

Our interactions with the flux are always richer and more ambiguous than language can represent. Elusive negativity, acknowl- edging this gap, gestures toward this richness and so provides a place within semiotic systems to signify the unspeakable . . 10 Technoculture and Embodiment * 41 Because her aim is to locate the unspeakable excess of the real within the space of language, however, Hayles does not actually consider what I would see as the broadest implications of her argument: how we actually do expe- rience the richness and ambiguity of our nonlinguistic interactions with the flux.

While the former analyses impose a traditional nouocentric standpoint as the tri- bunal for evaluating our experience of technology, the latter divorce tech- nology (which they restrict to the quasi-epistemological function of mater- ial support for an abstract cognitive system) from the practical domain altogether. The result is the same in both cases: technology's impact on embodied life is all too readily reduced to its impact on thought, with the only meaningful difference being whether techno-thinking (technesis) remains rooted in the human or whether, through the process of systemati- zation, it becomes irrevocably inhuman.

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