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(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

'The Infinite Plasticity of the Digital'

Thursday, July 22, 2004
A new issue of the online journal Reconstruction has been released (and will be officially announced tomorrow), with a focal theme: the Posthumanous. This interesting combination of the posthuman and posthumous appealed to me, so in this edition you'll find my take on the changing face of the posthuman: ""The Infinite Plasticity of the Digital": Posthuman Possibilities, Embodiment and Technology in William Gibson's Interstitial Trilogy". The expression 'the infinite plasticity of the digital' may be familiar to some of you as it appeared in Gibson's All Tomorrow's Parties and has resonated within my brain ever since I first read it! The Reconstructionissue also has some other great articles, but from a quick first glance the two standouts for me are: Geoff Klock's "X-Men, Emerson, Gnosticism" and Ximena Gallardo C's "'Who Are You?': Alien/Woman as Posthuman Subject in Alien Resurrection".


William Gibson foregrounding interstitial structures. (Chronicle Photo by Sam Deaner)

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