Data Trash: The Theory of the Virtual Class by Arthur; Weinstein, Michael A. Kroker

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The question must be raised as to why there should be any flesh at all (and, of course, the question has been often raised, mainly by VR hypesters-technology’s Quislings and fifth-columnists). It makes perfect sense to conclude that if there are going to be total virtual environments, there should also be specially produced nervous systems to sense them. ), after all, might be to be replaced. The bad conscience of the sense ofinterminability is the will to virtuality. The bad conscience of the will to virtuality is the wish to be replaced.

Genie,Prodigy,Compuserue,Virtual Vision, Microsoft: the names say it all. The (virtual) logic of the next century is already deeply inside us, and we are the recombinant bodies built for the telematic race. And our Nissan future? Either electronic technology hasgot to get its feet wet by entering the bagof water and bonesthat is the human body, or the skin has to be dried out: flopping like a fish out of water and “gaspingfor air on the shoresof a drying lake” (Grant). The will to virtuality provides a pragmatic compromise: technology that comes inside the skin in the form of nano-chips, miniaturised digital submarines that float in the blood stream.

Nietzsche’s challenge hasbeen ignored by successivegenerationsof recliners whose ideologues have found ways to delay the inevitable. Rorty’s endless conversation, Lyotard’s indefinite drifting, Derrida’s empirical wandering (interminable deconstruction), Habermas’sideal speechcommunity are the latest efforts to blink away, through reaction formation. We continue for the sakeof continuing and in the hope that so+e (technological) miracle might happen that would “save” everything. That hope, of course,is purely cynical.

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