Looking beyond Sandy Stone's characterization of curiosity as a male impulse, I do agree with many of her points in "Will the Real Body Please Stand Up?" I found most valuable to our discussions, what I call a reality check, that, the "virtual community originates in, and must return to, the physical."
reading response 8
Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto Science, Technology, and the Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" (1985) promises the destruction of gender and minority otherness through technology. Her cyborg experience of being transgresses gender, racial, and sexual, and class boundaries. Maintaining that there is "nothing about being 'female' that naturally binds women" (519), Haraway argues for a technological reinterpretation of identity.
A rape in cyberspace is a good example of how far the internet has revolutionized our machine lives. The MUD website acts as a spatial community except that it does not physically exist. Many people who are a part of the game take this cyberspace way too seriously and it is very tragic to hear of Kathy's unfortunate experience.
As a society we've created so much hype around the virtual world and the negative implications of our involvement in and fixation with this world. The advancement of computer technology is especially frightening for the older generation, according to Sherry Turkle, a generation unwilling to bend it's concept of what life really is.
A Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway was certainly a very weird text.
"The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience that changes what counts as women's experience in the late twentieth century."
What i understood from this is that the machine is this masculine device which is developing and being quite prominent in the twentieth century, however, with this growth lies the end of the "women's experience" because women are no longer needed for reproduction. Machines, cyborgs in this instance, can duplicate without love or sex. They are fundamentally missing the circle of life.
Why is it that Donna Haraway feels it is necessary to write in an extended metaphor, using the Cyborg as some sort of euphemism for second generation feminism?
Stone's powerful article on the out of body effects of cyberspace seemed to attack one of the extremes of cyberspace while ignoring a far more interesting human characteristic that can simply be attributed to being human. Stone argues that people are envious of cyberspace and the unlimited creativity it involves.
Sandy Stone discusses many interesting points in "Will the Real Body Please Stand Up?" especially at the end of her article. Although humans are entering deeper into the virtual world, "it is important to remember that virtual community originates in, and must return to, the physical" (Stone 196). It is easy to forget reality when caught up in the actions of the virtual world. However, the use of virtual reality affects a person emotionally, not physically. Stone provides an example of a cyberpunk who cannot ignore the fact that he has AIDS by reconfiguring a virtual body.
While reading Stone's "Will the Real Body Please Stand Up?," I felt very confused as to why Stone attributed the virtual experiences on the internet a second reality that operates almost in parallel with the true reality. It is not so much I do not grasp or agree that one can have meaningful experiences on the internet but it is just that maybe I fear the intensity of experience. Stone describes that users often describe their virtual reality the same way that one would in real life, like that the meeting or encounters people have actually take place somewhere physically.
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