By Tama Leaver

Artificial Culture is an exam of the articulation, development, and illustration of "the synthetic" in modern well known cultural texts, specifically technology fiction motion pictures and novels. The e-book argues that this present day we are living in a synthetic tradition as a result of the deep and inextricable dating among humans, bodies, and expertise at huge. whereas the unreal is frequently imagined as outdoors of the usual order and hence additionally past the world of humanity, ironically, synthetic ideas are concurrently produced and developed via human rules and exertions. the unreal can hence act as a boundary aspect opposed to which we as a tradition can degree what it capacity to be human. technology fiction characteristic motion pictures and novels, and different similar media, often and provocatively install principles of the unreal in methods which the traces among humans, bodies, areas and tradition extra largely 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 unreal in related phrases, yet from a however fairly various standpoint. After studying principles of the substitute as deployed in movie, novels and different electronic contexts, this research concludes that we're now a part of a man-made tradition entailing a matrix which, instead of keeping apart minds and our bodies, or humanity and the electronic, reinforces the symbiotic connection among identities, our bodies, and technologies.

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