Although the growth of expertise continuously pushes lifestyles towards digital life, the decade has witnessed a renewed concentrate on materiality. layout, Mediation, and the Posthuman bears witness to the eye paid by way of literary theorists, electronic humanists, rhetoricians, philosophers, and architects to the crafted atmosphere, the style within which artifacts mediate human family members, and the structure of an international within which the boundary among people and issues has likely imploded. The chapters give some thought to questions on the level to which we should view people and nonhuman artifacts as having equivalent skill for supplier and lifestyles, and the ways that technological mediation demanding situations the imperative tenets of humanism and anthropocentrism.
Contemporary theories of human-object kin presage the arriving of the posthuman, that's not a futuristic or science-fictional inspiration yet fairly one descriptive of the current, and certainly, the prior. Discussions of the posthuman have already got an extended heritage in fields like literary conception, rhetoric, and philosophy, and as advances in layout and know-how lead to more and more enticing artifacts that mediate an increasing number of points of lifestyle, it turns into essential to have interaction in a scientific, interdisciplinary, severe exam of the intersection of the domain names of layout, technological mediation, and the posthuman. therefore, this assortment brings varied disciplines jointly to foster a discussion on major technological concerns pertinent to philosophy, rhetoric, aesthetics, and science.
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However, if we view the mechanism of representation as being “structurally coupled” with the material world we occupy (and not a process which occurs after the fact), rather than as an outgrowth or product of a strictly autopoietic internal biological functioning, then we can further chip away at the interior/exterior dualism which so deeply characterizes the idea of interface. Hansen gestures toward a certain “contamination” of logic due to the operations of the technics around us. Contamination is a good point of departure, conceptually.
Drawing on interviews with GPS users, Propen explores how the GPS helps mediate geographic navigation, and how GPS users work with and against the technology to make purposeful decisions that both foster and constrain spatial understanding. Drawing on Hayles’s notion that the posthuman body is always already linked to the material world, and on Latour’s questioning of what counts as mediation with regard to the interactions of human beings and technological objects, Propen argues that a material rhetorical approach can help illuminate both the processes that shape users’ interactions with GPS technology and the material, corporeal implications of those interactions.
Thing, and Other Central Events of the Twenty-First Century xxix our more “human-centric” perceptual powers. When juxtaposed with Verbeek, it seems that Bennett could further address the technoscientific apparatus that makes possible many of her claims. Bennett attempts a sort of realism in an effort to hold at bay the human and discern instead a nonhuman vitality; however, many of her examples presuppose the “human” technological apparatus that makes such perception possible. We might consider, for example, the following claim: “My flesh is populated and constituted by different swarms of foreigners.