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Assemblage Theory Cognisphere Current Affairs Film Posthumanism

avatar: exposure, immersion, becoming

So to dispense with the critique of dismissal, yes, you could say Avatar is Dances with Wolves in 3-D, or any other narrative of the imperialist-gone-native with the beautiful native informant love interest. In face, one can go back to the Crusades to find Knights Templar "going native." More interestingly though, one can situate that familiar narrative […]

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Cognisphere digital rhetoric Posthumanism Rhetoric/Composition

The apprehensive economics of rhetoric

I just finished reading Agamben's essay "What is an apparatus?" (AMZ). It raises some interesting connections for rhetoric that I had certainly not thought of before, at least not in this way. The essay begins as an exploration of Foucault's use of the term apparatus, or more precisely, dispositif in French. Agamben notes this word […]

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Posthumanism

what posthumanism offers

I'm looking back over Hayles' My Mother Was a Computer as I'm teaching it later this semester in my grad class, and I've been thinking about how to explain to my students what posthumanism might offer. Discussions about posthumanism, at least in my experience, often echo older conversations about "the death of the subject" from […]

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Posthumanism

neuroscience, posthuman pedagogy, and the "rhetorical mind"

Thanksgiving break is a good opportunity to catch up on some podcasts and write blog posts with immodest titles. So I was listening to Melvyn Bragg's "In our time" panel discussion on neuroscience. Though many histories might be written, the panelists suggested that neuroscience really only emerges in the mid-nineties with the development of technologies […]