The Online Body Breaks Out? Asence, Ghosts, Cyborg, Gender, Polarity and Politics

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Show simple item record Marshall, Jonathan en_US 2009-08-20T14:36:31Z 2009-08-20T14:36:31Z 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2004001032 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Marshall Jonathan 2004, 'The Online Body Breaks Out? Asence, Ghosts, Cyborg, Gender, Polarity and Politics', Fibreculture Publications, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-21. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1449-1443 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Representations of the online body seem constantly involved with issues of imprecise, crossed or broken boundaries. Online boundaries, both personal and group, appear especially fluid when contrasted with moves towards establishing impermeable boundaries offline. This contributes to perceptions of disembodiment or potential unity with machines. Online bodies are thus described in terms reminiscent of other constructs such as ghosts ? partly because experiences of materiality can be described in terms of boundary issues, and partly because it is difficult to bring offline bodies to bear. From another angle, gender, when constructed as a polarity, also serves to ?ghost? experience. However, online bodies are also connected to constructions and feelings of offline bodies to reduce ambiguities and to establish authenticity online. For example, mood, as sustained by the offline body, acts as a framing for communication in netsex, mourning and flame. Another popular body metaphor in this context involves the description of people as cyborgs. It is sometimes claimed that cyborgs form radical ?hybrid? entities. Yet cyborgs also get caught in boundary issues. The cyborg is, for example, caught in narratives that further capitalist technopower, whatever our intentions. The situation becomes even more complex when we consider that both the ghostly body and the cyborg body are often contrasted with a virile and active offline body. This provides a further set of paradoxes if we consider the possibility of online action affecting the offline world. There are no easy answers. en_US
dc.publisher Fibreculture Publications en_US
dc.title The Online Body Breaks Out? Asence, Ghosts, Cyborg, Gender, Polarity and Politics en_US
dc.parent Fibreculture en_US
dc.journal.volume 3 en_US
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation online en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200200 en_US
dc.personcode 030171 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
dc.staffid 030171 en_US

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