I really enjoyed reading The Stone Gods, but I definitely found it to be hard to follow at times. There was something about the way she writes that reminds me of Thoreau in that she writes very idealistically. It almost has a philosophical sound to it with really well done poetic overtones. I took a satire course in high school and read a book called A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes. The first thing that came to mind during the class discussion Tuesday was this book. Continue reading
So far in this class we have talked a lot about what our technology may do to us in the future, most specifically in terms of robots and the post-human. We see a lot of this, obviously, in The Stone Gods through Spike’s character and through MORE’s idea of using robots to make decisions because humans have shown they aren’t capable of making the right decisions. And in that world (based on what I read and on what was portrayed), I can’t say I would really argue. In a world where decisions can be made either by an incredibly intelligent and capable robot or the human race, whose primary concern is when genetic fixing should occur,….I might go with the robot. Continue reading
In Stone Gods, Winterson initiates a discussion which carries on throughout the text, regarding scientific, technological, and cultural progress, and how it ought to be best handled by those involved. She illustrates in the way in which humanity, seemingly inevitably, guts each planet it arrives at, and how we must therefore change the way we approach life. However, it is also made clear that this alteration in our collective consciousness must not exclude emotions from the equation, for it is these feelings which allow us to survive.
Going off our discussion in class today, I found Billie’s emphasis on the “trivial” as misunderstood and devalued very similar to feminist discussion about the domestic. In lot of ways, the descriptions Billie gives as the “trivial” are in reference to the domestic , which she also labels are the “personal” (142). Continue reading