Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies by Tama Leaver
Artificial culture is an examination of the formulation, construction and representation of "artificial" in contemporary popular cultural texts, especially science fiction films and novels. The book argues that today we…
Artificial Culture synopsis
Artificial culture is an examination of the formulation, construction and representation of "artificial" in contemporary popular cultural texts, especially science fiction films and novels. The book argues that today we live in an artificial culture because of the profound and inseparable relationship between people and our bodies and technology in general.
While artificial imagination is often conceived as outside the natural system, and therefore also outside the realm of mankind, it is paradoxical that artificial concepts are produced and created simultaneously through human ideas and action. Thus, an artificial can act as a boundary point by which we as a culture can measure what it means to be human.
Sci-Fi offers movies, novels, and other related media repeatedly and provocative artificial ideas in ways that sweep lines between people, our bodies, our spaces, and our culture more broadly, and sometimes melt. Building on the foundational work rich in cyborg and post-human characters, this bogus book is crafted in similar terms, but from a distinctly different point of view.
After examining artificial ideas as published in films, novels and other digital contexts, this study concludes that we are now part of an artificial culture that includes a matrix, rather than separating minds and objects, or humanity and digital, symbiotic promotes the connection between identities, bodies and technologies.