Teleportation, Cyborgs and the Posthuman Ideology

Mervyn F. Bendle
2002 Social Semiotics  
This paper is concerned with a set of phenomena that lies at the intersection of popular culture, genetics, cybertechnology, nanotechnology, biotechnology and other advanced technologies, bio-ethics, science speculation, science ction, mythology, the New Age Movement, cults, commerce and globalization. At the centre is a radical technophilia that nds representative expression in posthumanism, an Internet-based social movement driven by an extreme scienti c utopianism. This set of phenomena
more » ... itutes an articulated cultural response to a number of underlying economic, technological and social dynamics that are together transforming the world, and particularly developed societies as they are incorporated into a global system of 'digital capitalism'. This paper rst describes posthumanism and transhumanism. It then explores two key notions, teleportation and cyborgs, that receive extensive attention in mainstream media and serve as exemplars of this scientistic ideology, locating them both in cultural history and contemporary popular culture. The paper argues that posthumanism and associated phenomena are best seen as an ideological interpellation of humanity into an increasingly dominant scienti c and technological order based on the cultural and scienti c ascendancy of the 'Informational Paradigm' identi ed by Katherine Hayles in her inquiry into 'How we became posthuman'. This paper is concerned with a set of phenomena that lies at the intersection of popular culture,
doi:10.1080/10350330220130368 fatcat:223ttg3skjanhbpo3gdhdnbu7y