Cyborganization: Cinema as Nervous System
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In the first part of this chapter, Parker spends a lot of time exploring what cyborg films ‘mean’, and then tries to conclude that they ‘mean’ ‘nothing’. He explores the theme of body horror and the paranoia about the large corporation that is often a sub-text of these films. This textual analysis then gives way to a discussion of what cyborgs are, and how cyborganization takes place. Parker concludes by romanticizing the cyborg and demonizing the capitalist organization at the same time as he doubts his own judgement. In Part II, Cooper explores a range of ideas-cyborg,1 cybernetics,2 nervous system,3 cyborganization4 and cinema that help us to understand the intellectual sources of our fascination with filmic-literary science fiction and its real-life expression as science fact-ion. His Contingent Supplement is a series of brief essays on the theme of the humanmachine relationship and the increasingly unstable reality produced by contemporary information-communication technologies, including cinema. In effect, Cooper provides a vocabulary of ideas that constitutes a background discourse to the developing techno-scientific-industrial complex of our late-modern world.