Conceptualising the virtual and the posthuman

Pappas, Vanessa (2001) Conceptualising the virtual and the posthuman. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 98 39-50.

Author Pappas, Vanessa
Title Conceptualising the virtual and the posthuman
Journal name Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2001-02
Volume 98
Start page 39
End page 50
Total pages 12
Editor G. Turner
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld
Publisher University of Queensland
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
420304 Screen and Media Culture
751004 The media
Abstract This article aims to explore the relations between technology and the subject. With new media intensifying the provisionality of discursive structures and in turn embodied experiences, questions pertaining to virtuality have become vital, particularly since Western society's increasing reliance on technologies now permeates our everyday practices. While many theorists often resort to a reification of the subject when conceptualising the posthuman condition, this analysis will recover the notion of embodiment in order to avoid such technological determinism. Tracing this complexity in contemporary texts can be achieved through various means. Here, the focus will remain on how narrative frameworks can create new possibilities for understanding and interpreting shifting subjectivities in the digital age. To explore this, I shall provide an analysis of a contemporary film, Being John Malkovich, which has been chosen due to its unexpected success at the box office, indicating how finely attuned the film is to contemporary concerns.
Q-Index Code C1

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Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
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