I found Adam’s presentation to be really interesting and quite enlightening. I’ve always thought of the posthuman in a strictly human embodiment way. After watching Battlestar Galactica, that began to seem like the normal thought of the posthuman. Even Hayles and Graham seem to talk about the future of technology terms of the human body.
Smith’s presentation on Cindy Jackson and all of her plastic surgeries seemed strangely familiar to me – I felt that this presentation and Cindy Jackson’s responses to her surgeries reminded me very much of Stone Gods and the emphasis on beauty and outward appearance that we saw in that novel. Continue reading
I thought that Smith’s presentation on Cindy Jackson and her many encounters with plastic surgery brought up many questions about humanity and the posthuman. When plastic surgery is taken to such extremes, as in Jackson’s case, the results are shocking. She looks completely unrecognizable as compared to her “former” self, and the class generally agreed that knowing that she’s undergone all of these surgeries is disturbing in itself and perhaps doesn’t allow us to look at her as we would a “normal” person. Continue reading