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Article ‘Finding the Local’ in Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture
(with Roos van Haaften)
The article ‘Finding the Local, written with Roos van Haaften, was published in the anthology Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture, edited by Jacob Johanssen and Bonni Rambatan. The book is an interrogation of humanity's new potentials and threats brought by technology when the question of social change is becoming more crucial than ever. Collected in the course of 2010-2012, the selected essays in this anthology confront questions from a wide-ranging perspective that evoke the postmodern idea of the cyborg to illuminate recent phenomena from global warming, Wikileaks, to the Occupy movements. Multiple disciplines from music to psychoanalysis to journalism to anthropology collaborate to examine the way we shape the world from behind our ubiquitous screens to taking to the streets in mass protests. What does the increasing omnipotence of networked machines ultimately mean? What do social networks do to our sense of self, others and society? Does P2P technology foster new ethics and spiritualities? What potentials does posthumanity have to bring about social change?
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