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You've got post: assessing the posthuman

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

Published

Publication date2000
Host publicationProceedings of the 15th annual BILETA conference
PublisherBILETA
Number of pages9
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Recent themes of theoretical developments have been those of the 'post'. Following challenges to epistemology, the ontology/ontic status of the body itself is being subjected to 'post' theorising.
Distancing myself from the vile slush of 'You've got Mail', a film that I raid for its title alone, I would like to consider the posthuman debate in this paper. Assuming the postal metaphor, could the electronic 'mail' ever be any substitute for the electronically unmediated 'post'? Jeanette Winterson writes that `My life is not my own, shortly I shall have to haggle over my own reality...I don't want to smash the machines, but neither do I want the machines to smash me...'