I was doing a reading for another one of my classes, CS251: Intro to Visual Culture, and within the text book, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright look at how different facets of visual culture are more significant than we give credit for. The most recent chapter focuses on the way that our use of technology has rendered us all cyborgs:
“Much contemporary work in cyborg theory postulates that we are all, to a certain extent, cyborgs, given our complex bodily relationships with technology; for example, that our interactions with our computers, iPods, and cell phones means that we experience technologies as inseparable from our bodies. Technologies are often sold to us with the promise that they will function as extensions of our bodies (as Marshall McLuhan once predicted), and these technologies are imagined to be integrated within our very eyes and vision” – (Sturken & Cartwright 380).
The time we spend using our devices far surpasses the time that is necessary for us to use them. I was wondering if you guys agreed with this distinction of the term cyborg in the sense that we could be considered as such in this day and age, or if you believe that more invasive procedures are required and that technology has not advance enough for this to be a valid reading of the term?